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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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WRAIR begins Phase 1 clinical trial of Marburg vaccine

Article
10/19/2018
The WRAIR study evaluates the VRC-MARADC087-00-VP vaccine, developed by the Vaccine Research Center of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health. (U.S. Army file photo)

WRAIR recently administered the first vaccine in a Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of a Marburg vaccine

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Women’s Health: Taking time for yourself

Article
10/16/2018
Navy Lt. Jessica Miller, a nurse at Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s Obstetrics/Gynecology Clinic, discusses cervical cancer screenings with a patient. Starting at age 21, women should get a Pap test every three years. After turning 30, women have a choice. Get a Pap test every three years, or get a Pap and human papillomavirus (HPV) test every five years. Women should talk with their doctor about options. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel)

The top two causes of death for women are heart disease and cancer

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Preventive Health | Women's Health

Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 19–35 Months — United States, 2017

Report
10/12/2018

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends routine vaccination by age 24 months against 14 potentially serious illnesses. In 2017, coverage with most recommended vaccines among children aged 19–35 months remained stable and high but was lower in more rural areas and among uninsured or Medicaid-insured children.

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Vaccination Coverage for Selected Vaccines and Exemption Rates Among Children in Kindergarten — United States, 2017–18 School Year

Report
10/12/2018

Immunization programs conduct annual kindergarten vaccination assessments to monitor school-entry vaccination coverage for all state-required vaccines. Median vaccination coverage was 94.3% for 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine; 95.1% for the state-required number of doses of diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine; and 93.8% for 2 doses of varicella vaccine.

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Mammograms recommended for early detection of breast cancer

Article
10/4/2018
Navy Chief Hospital Corpsman Naomi Perez, a certified mammogram technician, conducts a mammogram for a patient at Naval Hospital Pensacola. A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray procedure used to detect the early stages of breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and NHP is taking the opportunity to educate patients about the dangers of breast cancer and the importance of getting checked. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brannon Deugan)

A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray used to detect the early stages of breast cancer

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Preventive Health | Women's Health

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Empowering patients

Article
9/28/2018
During September, the Military Health System is encouraging men to learn more about prostate cancer. Patients can discuss with their providers the risks and benefits of a prostate-specific antigen blood test, also known as a PSA test. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel)

For September’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, the Military Health System is encouraging men to learn more about the disease

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Preventive Health | Men's Health

Paying attention, knowing the signs: How teenagers can help save a life

Article
9/27/2018
Air Force Maj. William Logan, a chaplain with the 35th Fighter Wing, holds a picture of his son, Zac, who committed suicide. Suicide among teenagers remains a concern. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter)

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for teens, young adults

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Say ‘Shoo’ to the flu with TRICARE

Article
9/26/2018
Amanda LaFountain, a licensed practical nurse, administers the flu shot to a Soldier. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Marshall Metzger)

Flu viruses are serious, contagious viruses that can lead to hospitalization or even death

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Stopping bullying takes understanding, involvement

Article
9/7/2018
Children can experience social withdrawal, anxiety, and depression as a result of bullying. From the Stop Bullying campaign to Military OneSource, resources are available to help parents and their families identify and address bullying (U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter)

Bullying can leave visible and invisible wounds and have lasting effects on children and teenagers. Signs of the behavior can vary, and bullying others and being bullied are not mutually exclusive, experts say.

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Swimming for good health: Just go with the flow

Article
9/6/2018
A midshipman participates in the 500-yard swim portion of a physical screening test as part of the explosive ordnance disposal summer cruise at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jeff Atherton)

Aquatic exercise is a low-impact alternative to running

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Reduce your risk of running and sports injuries

Article
8/20/2018
More than 80 percent of recruit injuries occur to lower body. (Image courtesy Army Public Health Center)

Running is the number one cause of Soldier injuries

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Battlespace acoustics branch protects hearing, human performance

Article
8/17/2018
Dr. Eric Thompson, a research engineer with the Warfighter Interface Division, Battlespace Acoustics Branch, part of the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, sits inside their Auditory Localization Facility. The facility allows researchers to test 3-D audio software that spatially separates sound cues to mimic real-life human audio capabilities. The application allows operators in complex communication environments with multiple talking voices to significantly improve voice intelligibility and communication effectiveness. The technology, which consists primarily of software and stereo headphones, has potential low-cost, high-value application for both aviation and ground command and control communication systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Richard Eldridge)

We look at how noise is being generated, how it propagates, and what that means for Airmen in the field

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Getting off tobacco road leads to renewed relief

Article
8/10/2018
Stopping smoking can be difficult, but healthy living is a daily effort. Take command of your health today. (U.S. Army graphic by Karin Martinez)

One service member’s struggle to become smoke-free

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Preventive Health | Mental Wellness | Tobacco-Free Living

Three ways to protect your health through preventive care

Article
8/9/2018
Being active lowers your risk of developing chronic conditions like obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kathryn Calvert)

Preventive services include vaccines, exams, and screenings

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Preventive Health

Month of the Military Child - Eli

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4/24/2018
Month of the Military Child - Eli

In recognition of Month of the Military Child, listen to 14-year-old Army military kid Eli share advice about how to cope with a parent’s deployment.

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