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August Toolkit

In August, the Military Health System Strategic Communications Division will focus on Preventive Health, Immunization Awareness, and Back to School. Service members balance demanding jobs while maintaining mission readiness. Preventive services and health screenings are the best defenses against serious illnesses and preventable diseases. Vaccinations protect you and your child against serious diseases.  Although parents and students are faced with uncertainty regarding returning to traditional educational environments, there are several ways to prepare children for a successful school year.

Preventive services, routine immunizations and health screenings are the best defenses against serious illnesses and preventable diseases.

Our Monthly Communications Toolkit provides the MHS enterprise with customizable, ready-to-use material to promote consistent messaging on key topics and issues.  Each month we will include enterprise messages and ready to-use tactics, including talking points, news articles, social media posts and graphics.

Preventive Health Month

The Military Health System is committed to the long-term health and vitality of our nation’s warfighters, their families, retirees, and civilians. Part of maintaining readiness is preventing the onset of diseases and injuries that pose a threat to the Defense community. This month, MHS focuses on preventive health and encourages the Department of Defense community to become more proactive in protecting their health. TRICARE covers clinical preventive services.


National Immunization Awareness Month

Tips to prevent heat-related illnessesDuring National Immunization Awareness Month, it’s important to remember vaccines are among the greatest accomplishments in medicine and have saved more lives around the world than any other medical invention, including antibiotics or surgery. Vaccines provide a safe and effective means of countering the threats to personal health and military readiness. Read more at the Immunization Healthcare Division’s Vaccine-Preventable Diseases webpage.


Back to School

Army soldier playing wheelchair volleyballAs summer draws to a close, it’s time to look ahead to the approaching school year. This upcoming school year will be dramatically different from previous years. Your child’s school will likely implement ways to protect students, teachers, administrators, and staff to slow the spread of COVID-19. Military Kids Connect celebrates military kids all year long and has resources to help with school.  

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Back-to-school vaccinations in the age of coronavirus

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8/12/2020
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DHA experts answer questions about back-to-school vaccines

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Recommendations for Mass Immunization Events During Pandemic Conditions

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8/5/2020

During pandemic conditions, planners of mass immunization events need to consider additional measures to minimize risk of COVID-19 or similar infectious disease transmission.

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MHS emphasizes importance of vaccinations

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7/22/2020
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Defending the Homeland: WRNMMC Operates Drive-Up Immunization Clinic

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Parents and others (are encouraged) to maintain their immunization health during COVID-19.

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CDC maintains childhood immunization guidelines during COVID-19

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Immunization Tool Kit 9th Edition

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4/30/2020

A practical reference that facilitates and enhances the global delivery of quality immunization healthcare to Department of Defense (DoD) beneficiaries and employees. The Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Division (DHA-IHD) publishes the Immunization Tool Kit based on national recommendations, evidenced-based, peer-reviewed published medical literature, and clinical practice guidelines.

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Amid COVID-19, seasonal influenza still a threat to force readiness

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4/29/2020
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Addressing emotional responses to threat of Coronavirus

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3/20/2020
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kathleen A. Myhre, 446th Airman and Family Readiness Center noncommissioned officer in charge, meditates outside the 446th Airlift Wing Headquarters building on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Feb. 12, 2020. Myhre traveled to India in 2016 to study to become an internationally-certified yoga instructor. She now shares her holistic training with Reserve Citizen Airmen of the 446th AW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mary A. Andom)

Even if you’re feeling healthy, medical professionals recommend staying home and limiting social contact as much as possible

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DHA IPM 20-002: Southern Hemisphere Influenza Vaccination Program

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This Defense Health Agency-Interim Procedures Memorandum (DHA-IPM), establishes the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) procedures to implement instructions, assign responsibilities, and prescribe procedures for the Southern Hemisphere Influenza Vaccination Program. All Active Duty, Selected Reserve, and National Guard members receive an annual influenza vaccination. Personnel who are traveling to, conducting a permanent change of station to, or are located in the Southern Hemisphere will receive the Southern Hemisphere influenza vaccine or obtain an exemption (e.g., medical or administrative) in accordance with guidance in paragraph 6.a. of Attachment 2. Military personnel residing in the Southern Hemisphere who have received the Southern Hemisphere influenza vaccine in accordance with Appendix 1, meet the annual influenza immunization requirement.

Dating violence has consequences for teen victims

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2/28/2020
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General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization

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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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Total Force Fitness: advice you can sink your teeth into

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Healthy teeth are essential to a medically ready warfighter

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Sorry flu, not this year

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The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Medical supply chain teamed with Department of Defense partners to provide 3.4 million doses of the influenza vaccine to service members, dependents and retirees.

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Mid-season flu activity increase: How to keep healthy

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Despite reports of increased flu activity in the U.S., the Military Health System remains vigilant

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DTRA contributes to historic Ebola vaccine effort

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