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MHS Health Care Glossary

Military Health System (MHS) Health Care Glossary serves as the official repository and consolidated reference (as a secondary source) for terms and definitions used within the MHS. Some terms may have multiple and varying definitions based on the context and primary source of authority. Note that certain definitions may be approved only for limited use in a single primary reference document, while others may have broad applicability in multiple contexts and issuances. To determine the most appropriate definition in a particular context, consult all relevant source documents. Any disparities between this Glossary and primary sources are unintentional, and the primary source shall control.

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Disaster Mental Health (DMH)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
3/5/2010

Provision of prevention, outreach, screening, triage, psychological first aid, education, and referral services to individuals and groups who have had or may have had exposure to an all-hazards incident.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Long Term Health or Health Related Education and Training

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
1/12/2000

Full-time DoD-subsidized (military sponsored) health or health-related education or training in a military or civilian facility for 26 weeks or more, including education or training received in preparation for commissioning as an Health ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6000.13: Accession and Retention Policies, Programs, and Incentives for Military Health Professions Officers (HPOs)

Validated Biological Warfare Threat Agent

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/26/1993

A biological warfare agent that is validated as a threat to DoD personnel by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in consultation with the Commanders of the Unified and Specified Commands; the Chiefs of the Military Services; and the ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Immunization Program for Biological Warfare Defense AFEB 2005-06

High Threat Area

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/26/1993

A geographic area in the proximity of a nation or nations considered to pose a potential biological threat to DoD personnel by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in consultation with the Commanders in Chief of the Unified Commands and ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Directive 6205.03: DoD Immunization Program for Biological Warfare Defense

Immunity

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/26/1993

The capacity to resist the effects of exposure to a specific biological agent or toxin.

Source of Definition:

DoD Directive 6205.03: DoD Immunization Program for Biological Warfare Defense

Immunization

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/26/1993

The process of rendering an individual immune. Immunization refers to "the administration of a vaccine to stimulate the immune system to produce an immune response (active immunization)." That process may require weeks to months and ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Directive 6205.03: DoD Immunization Program for Biological Warfare Defense

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Biological Warfare Threat

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/26/1993

A biological materiel planned to be deployed to produce casualties in humans.

Source of Definition:

DoD Immunization Program for Biological Warfare Defense AFEB 2005-06

Programmed Force

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/26/1993

The DoD active and Reserve force approved by the Secretary of Defense in the Future Years Defense Program.

Source of Definition:

DoD Directive 6205.03: DoD Immunization Program for Biological Warfare Defense

Vaccination

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/26/1993

The administration of a vaccine to an individual for inducing immunity.

Source of Definition:

DoD Immunization Program for Biological Warfare Defense AFEB 2005-06

Vaccine

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/26/1993

A preparation that contains one or more components of a biological agent or toxin, and induces an immune response against that agent when administered to an individual.

Source of Definition:

DoD Immunization Program for Biological Warfare Defense AFEB 2005-06

Biological Warfare Agent

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
11/26/1993

A microorganism or biological toxin intended to cause disease, injury, or death in humans.

Source of Definition:

DoD Immunization Program for Biological Warfare Defense AFEB 2005-06
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