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The Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Branch (DHA-IHB) 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:

Document What's changed Date Posted 
2017-2018 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Training, Course Number DHA-US069 (CAC authentication required)
This course is designed to prepare healthcare personnel to administer influenza vaccinations and perform required administrative tasks in support of the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program. This curriculum includes 5 training modules and a quiz. It is designed to meet seasonal influenza vaccination training requirement for medical personnel administering influenza vaccinations.
August 14, 2017
Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Cold Chain Management for Logistical Personnel, Course Number DHA-US070 (CAC authentication required)
This course was designed to help provide non-clinical personnel (i.e. pharmacy, logistics, and support staff) with important and comprehensive information concerning storage and handling of the influenza vaccine. 
August 14, 2017
Operational Infectious Diseases Weekly Update
The latest update from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC), with 2017 infectious disease surveillance data through September 14, 2017.
September 18, 2017
Offsite Clinic Vaccine Inventory Issue Return Receipt and Temp Log Fahrenheit and Celsius Updated forms for documenting vaccine storage and handling processes when transporting vaccine to an off-site event. September 15, 2017
Updated Dosing Instructions for Immune Globulin (Human) for Hepatitis A Virus Prophylaxis GamaSTAN S/D, the immune globulin product approved for hepatitis A virus (HAV) prophylaxis, updated its prescribing information with changes to the dosing instructions for both preexposure and postexposure prophylaxis indications. September 15, 2017
Email to All Federal Employees regarding Flu Season A memorandum from the Health and Human Services Secretary encouraging all federal employees to get immunized against influenza.
September 13, 2017
Allergy and Immunizations Program The FY2018 schedule has been released for the 5.5-week course at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Forest Glen Annex, which trains medics, corpsmen, and nurses to provide immunization and allergy services.
September 11, 2017
2017-18 Flu Update One-hour webinar with information about the upcoming 2017-2018 influenza season and influenza vaccination. September 11, 2017
Operational Infectious Diseases Weekly Update
The latest update from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC), with 2017 infectious disease surveillance data through September 7, 2017.
September 11, 2017
Afluria (quadrivalent) package insert Full prescribing information for the quadrivalent formulation of the 2017-18 Afluria influenza vaccine. September 6, 2017
Operational Infectious Diseases Weekly Update
The latest update from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC), with 2017 infectious disease surveillance data through August 31, 2017.
September 1, 2017
Immunization Recommendations for Disaster Response Operations This information paper provides immunization recommendations and resources for Department of Defense (DoD) personnel supporting disaster response operations, both in CONUS and OCONUS. August 31, 2017
National, Regional, State, and Selected Local Area Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years — United States, 2016 CDC provides up-to-date estimated immunization rates among teens using the latest recommended immunization schedules. August 28, 2017
Communication Strategies and Recommendations for the Upcoming 2017-18 Flu Season (for health care providers) A webinar focusing on updated recommendations for use of the 2017-18 influenza vaccine. August 28, 2017
Air Force 2017-2018 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Implementation Plan Air Force policy and resources for the 2017-18 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program. August 28, 2017

Emergency/Inclement Weather Preparedness: Vaccine Storage and Handling

Updated resources to help maintain proper vaccine storage in power outages or evacuations, and instructions for moving vaccines in emergencies and reporting potential vaccine compromises. August 28, 2017
Prevnar 13 (pneumococcal) package insert Adds information about temporary temperature excursions. August 28, 2017
Operational Infectious Diseases Weekly Update
The latest update from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC), with 2017 infectious disease surveillance data through August 24, 2017.
August 28, 2017
Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines — United States, 2017–18 Influenza Season Recommendations from the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for use of the 2017-18 seasonal influenza vaccine. August 24, 2017
ALCOAST 2017-2018 ANNUAL INFLUENZA (FLU) IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM
U.S. Coast Guard immunization policy for the 2017-18 influenza season. August 21, 2017
USCG 2017-2018 ANNUAL INFLUENZA (FLU) IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM (FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS)
Immunization guidance for U.S. Coast Guard medical personnel for the 2017-18 influenza season. August 21, 2017
The Role of Healthcare Professionals in Protecting Older Adults against Influenza
A webcast conducted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases about how healthcare providers can impart the importance of annual influenza immunization to their older patients. August 21, 2017
2017-18 Pediatric Flu Vaccine Dosing Poster
The pediatric flu vaccine used by DoD this season will be given in a 0.5 mL dose to children, a change from previous influenza seasons.
August 18, 2017
Progress Toward Poliomyelitis Eradication — Afghanistan, January 2016–June 2017 The number of wild poliovirus type 1 cases reported in Afghanistan has declined yearly since 2014, indicating continued progress toward eradication. August 18, 2017

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.

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National, Regional, State, and Selected Local Area Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years — United States, 2016

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DoDEA Immunization Requirements School Year 2017-18

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Students who enroll in Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools are required to meet specific immunization requirements.

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Immunization Healthcare nurses have all bases covered

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The nurses and nurse practitioners of the DHA Immunization Healthcare Branch carry on a proud tradition of nursing in military medicine, through education, policy development, adverse event management, research and training all done in the name of caring for patients and providers and ensuring the health of our warfighters.

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Surveillance of Vaccination Coverage Among Adult Populations — United States, 2015

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The findings provided in this report indicate that vaccination coverage levels among U.S. adults are not optimal. Improvement in adult vaccination is needed to reduce the health consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases among adults.

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General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization

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4/20/2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends routine vaccination to prevent 17 vaccine-preventable diseases that occur in infants, children, adolescents, or adults. This report provides information for clinicians and other health care providers about concerns that commonly arise when vaccinating persons of various ages.

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