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The Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Division (DHA-IHD) supports 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 
Influenza Update 2019-2020 webinar

Part of the CDC's Current Issues in Immunization Webinar (CIIW) series, which is designed to provide clinicians with the most up-to-date information on immunization. This webinar takes place October 2, 2019.

September 16, 2019
Vaccine package inserts
The package insert for Fluzone High-Dose influenza vaccine for the 2019-20 season has been added. This document has also been added to the 2019-20 Seasonal Influenza Resource Center.
September 16, 2019
2019-20 Seasonal Influenza Resource Center

The following products have been added to the Seasonal Influenza Resource Center:

September 12, 2019
Vaccine package inserts The package insert for Flucelvax quadrivalent influenza vaccine for the 2019-20 season has been added. This document has also been added to the 2019-20 Seasonal Influenza Resource Center. September 11, 2019
Standing Orders Standing orders have been added for the 2019-20 influenza season on administering flu vaccine to adults and administering flu vaccine to children and adolescents. These documents have also been added to the 2019-20 Seasonal Influenza Resource Center. September 9, 2019
What You Need to Know About Anthrax Vaccine This brochure has been updated to remove Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) as a precaution to receipt of the anthrax vaccine. September 9, 2019
Smallpox Vaccination Screening Form This form has been updated with a new lot number on page 2. September 4, 2019
Immunization Lifelong Learners Course (ILLC) The following ILLC has been opened for registration: Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, October 22-23, 2019. September 4, 2019

Human Papillomavirus Vaccination for Adults: Updated Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

Routine recommendations for HPV vaccination of adolescents have not changed. Catch-up HPV vaccination is now recommended for all persons through age 26 years. For adults aged 27 through 45 years, shared clinical decision-making is recommended because some persons who are not adequately vaccinated might benefit.

September 3, 2019

Human Papillomavirus–Attributable Cancers — United States, 2012–2016

An average of 34,800 cancers reported annually in the United States during 2012–2016 were attributable to HPV. Of these, 92 percent were attributable to HPV types targeted by the 9-valent HPV vaccine.

September 3, 2019
Defense Health Agency Interim Procedures Memorandum (DHA-IPM) 19-006, 2019–2020 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program (IVP)
This DHA-IPM assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for the 2019-2020 seasonal influenza vaccination program.
August 30, 2019
DHA-IHD Information Papers The information paper Counting Doses in Combined Regimens of Monovalent and Bivalent Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccines has been updated throughout.  August 30, 2019
Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — United States, 2019–20 Influenza Season

Updated vaccine recommendations for the 2019-20 influenza season. Routine annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons 6 months and older who do not have contraindications.

August 29, 2019
Initial/Annual Competency Assessment Checklist: INFLUENZA VACCINE ADMINISTRATION
A checklist to evaluate competency in administering the influenza vaccine, to include customer service, patient screening and education, and administration technique and procedures.
August 29, 2019
What You Need to Know About Smallpox Vaccine The DHA-IHD brochure has been updated with guidance on handwashing and glove use during vaccine administration.  August 19, 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 2020

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This Defense Health Agency-Interim Procedures Memorandum (DHA-IPM), based on the authority of References (a) and (b), and in accordance with the guidance of References (c) through (o), implementing instructions, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for the seasonal influenza vaccination program. • This DHA-IPM cancels and reissues DHA-IPM 18-005. • This DHA-IPM is effective immediately and will expire 12 months from the date of issue.

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