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Boot camp recruits get their immunizations during P-Days

How does your world's greatest Navy become the top nautical fighting force the world has ever seen? It all begins with a shot.

The Navy can't succeed unless each and every Sailor is medically ready to carry out the mission. Achieving medical readiness begins for the Navy's newest recruits on processing day (P-day) one.

P-days are recruits' first real introduction to the Navy. These days are filled with in-processing, uniform issue, and, of course, haircuts. Additionally, certain medical, dental and administrative screenings must take place. Immunizations are a part of this screening.
P-days shots photos

P-days shots photos


The number of shots a recruit receives varies based on their medical history. The most common immunizations that every recruit receives are the Purified Protein Derivative (PPD) for the tuberculosis skin test and the penicillin shot. Every recruit also gets their blood drawn for lab work to help doctors check for certain diseases and conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, anemia and coronary heart disease, Great Lakes.

"We see anywhere from 700-900 recruits a day and give about 2,700 shots per day," said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Frederick Edwards, front desk administrator at Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center.
Pdays shots photos

Pdays shots photos


Recruit division commanders (RDCs) and recruit training leadership make it a priority to teach, train and look after the well-being, and safety of every recruit. Ensuring proper hydration following immunization is one such facet of well-being the RDCs keep in check.

The corpsman and medical staff at RTC go through continuous training to make sure they are providing top quality medical care to ready warriors for the fleet. The RTC medical staff prides themselves on their professionalism. The medical care they provide at Great Lakes sets the precedent for the entire fleet to follow in keeping Sailors medically ready.