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The Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Division (DHA-IHD) supports all Department of Defense (DoD) immunization programs and provides clinical consultative services, educational support, and training resources for the entire DoD family. To learn more, visit our:

What's New

The following documents have been updated within the past 30 days:

Important Announcement

The Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Division (DHA-IHD) announces two new, recurring in-person training opportunities: the two-day Immunization Lifelong Learners Course (ILLC) and the one-day Immunization Lifelong Learners Short Course (ILLSC). Individual courses will be announced here when they are opened for registration. These courses are designed to ensure health care personnel are trained in vaccine policy, vaccine safety, and effectiveness based on national and DoD guidelines. They replace the former Standards for Quality Immunization Practices Course (SQIPC) and the Immunization Program Leaders Course (IPLC), which will no longer be offered. These new courses are recommended for any health care personnel working with immunizations.

Continuing education will be available for these activities. See our Immunization Lifelong Learners Course or Short Course pages for more details and for listings of each course.

Document What's changed Date Posted 

Countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and countries requiring yellow fever vaccination

An updated list of countries or areas where the World Health Organization has determined there is a risk of yellow fever transmission and/or where there are country requirements for travelers.

July 11, 2019
Updates from the June 2019 ACIP Meeting This July 18 webinar from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) will discuss updates from the June 2019 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting.
July 11, 2019

Trends in the Laboratory Detection of Rotavirus Before and After Implementation of Routine Rotavirus Vaccination — United States, 2000–2018

Implementation of the U.S. rotavirus vaccination program in 2006 reduced the annual proportion of positive rotavirus tests, reduced peak rotavirus activity, and shortened the duration of the rotavirus season. 
July 8, 2019
Light-Sensitive Vaccines A list of vaccines that need to be protected from light during storage and before administering.
July 1, 2019
Checklist: Best Practices for Vaccination Clinics Held at Satellite, Temporary, or Off-Site Locations A step-by-step guide to help clinic supervisors follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Defense (DoD) guidelines while overseeing any nontraditional vaccination clinic setting. June 21, 2019
Immunization Lifelong Learners Course (ILLC)
An ILLC at Naval Station San Diego (September 4-5, 2019) has been opened for registration. June 17, 2019
Administering Vaccines to Adults: Dose, Route, Site, and Needle Size
An illustrated reference guide showing how to administer vaccines to adults.
June 17, 2019

Vision

A premier, responsive, patient centered organization promoting excellence in immunization health care practice and policy for service members and beneficiaries.

Mission

Support Force Health Protection and Readiness, and the Military Health System (MHS) by developing and promoting programs and services that enhance immunization effectiveness, safety, and acceptability. Provide evidence based solutions that improve immunization health care through policy implementation guidance, strategic communication, education, training, and clinical services worldwide.

Immunization Resources

Joint Regulation screenshot   Storage and Handling 2017 cover     
Best Practices Immunization Cover  CDC Pink Book cover   Yellow Book 2018

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Checklist: Best Practices for Vaccination Clinics Held at Satellite, Temporary, or Off-Site Locations

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Hospital honored for Hepatitis B vaccine birth dose rate

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Immunization Tool Kit 9th Edition

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