Citing sequestration, the Air Force is cutting back on one of its weapons defense systems: free flu shots designed to protect its civilian employee population.

The Air Force announced this week — just as flu season approaches — that it made the decision in January not to offer flu shots this year to its civilian workers.

Last year, 12,000 Air Force civilians and their family members received free flu shots at work. Now, only military personnel and their families covered by the military health provider TRICARE will get the freebies.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.