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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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