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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about 2019-2020 influenza vaccine availability 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the current measles outbreak
and MMR vaccine policy and recommendations

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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 
Vaccine Recommendations by AOR The USINDOPACOM table has been updated with additional guidance on polio vaccine requirements. November 12, 2019
Immunization Lifelong Learners Course (ILLC) The following ILLCs have been opened for registration: Fort Campbell, KY (February 25-26, 2020) and Fort Polk, LA (March 10-11, 2020). November 12, 2019
DHA-IHD Information Papers The Anthrax Infections and Anthrax Vaccine information paper has been updated to reflect new beyond-use-date guidance. November 8, 2019
MMQC-19-2533 BIOTHRAX (ANTHRAX) Beyond-Use Dating Beyond-use-date guidance for Biothrax anthrax vaccine has been updated to reflect that multi-dose vials of Biothrax anthrax vaccine can only be used for 28 days after the vial is punctured. November 8, 2019
Immunization Lifelong Learners Short Course (ILLSC) The following ILLSC has been opened for registration: Joint Base Andrews, MD (January 12, 2020). November 4, 2019
Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)

The CDC has updated the following VISs:

Providers may begin using these VISs immediately, but stocks of the previous editions may be used until exhausted.  

October 31, 2019

MMQC-19-2514 Yellow Fever Vaccine (YF-VAX) Quarterly Reporting 1-10 Nov 19

All activities must report on-hand yellow fever vaccine stock quarterly. The current reporting window is November 1-10, 2019.

October 31, 2019
Vaccine package inserts The package insert for Bexsero meningococcal B vaccine has been updated with minor changes throughout. October 28, 2019
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about 2019-2020 influenza vaccine availability Answers to some frequently asked questions about the availability of 2019-2020 influenza vaccines for DoD beneficiaries.
October 23, 2019


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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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DHA IPM 19-006: 2019–2020 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program (IVP)


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.

Immunizations and Chemoprophylaxis for the Prevention of Infectious Diseases

  • Identification #: Army Regulation 40–562 BUMEDINST 6230.15B AFI 48–110_IP CG COMDTINST M6230.4G
  • Date: 10/7/2013
  • Type: Instructions
  • Topics: Immunization Healthcare

Guidance on Medications for Prophylaxis of Malaria 13-002


This document provides guidance and best practices for the chemoprophylaxis (use of medication to prevent malaria) of Service members serving in malaria endemic regions.

Clinical Policy for the Administration of the Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed


Department of Defense Guidance Regarding Thimerosal Containing Vaccines


This memo provides guidance regarding the use of vaccines containing Thimerosal.

DoD Directive 6205.03: DoD Immunization Program for Biological Warfare Defense


Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for members of the DoD against validated biological warfare threats, and prioritization of research, development, testing, acquisition, and stockpiling of biological defense vaccines under reference.

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