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Immunization Healthcare Division


Note: To see the latest COVID-19 vaccine content for Department of Defense (DOD) health care personnel,
sorted by date, check "What's New" below.



Tool Kit

The Ninth Edition of the Immunization Tool Kit (ITK) is now available in print exclusively for health care personnel within the Department of Defense. The ITK is a comprehensive resource booklet based on military immunization policy, national recommendations, evidenced-based, peer-reviewed published medical literature, and clinical practice guidelines. DOD health care personnel can:

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The Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Division (DHA-IHD) supports DOD immunization programs and provides clinical consultative services, educational support, and training resources for the entire DOD family. To learn more, visit our:

See our calendar of upcoming events

What's New

The following content has been updated within the last 30 days:

Document What's changed Date Posted 
IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel
The DHA Form 207, COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Immunization Documentation, Version 25 is now available for use. Previous versions are obsolete.
June 1, 2023
Vaccine Storage and Handling A document has been added with a summary of multidose vaccine vials and beyond-use dates. May 26, 2023
Standing Orders

The standing order for Hepatitis A Vaccine (Adult) has been updated to clarify ages in the dosing schedule.

May 26, 2023
Standing Orders

The standing orders for administering COVID-19 vaccine have been updated with new graphics from the CDC:

May 25, 2023
Standing Orders

The following standing orders have been updated throughout:

May 23, 2023
Meningococcal The information paper Meningococcal Disease and Meningococcal Vaccine has been updated throughout. May 17, 2023
IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

The following has been updated to remove guidance for the use of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine as it is no longer available in the U.S.:

May 15, 2023
Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)

The following VISs have been updated. Providers are encouraged to begin using these updated VISs immediately, but stocks of the previous editions may be used until exhausted:

May 15, 2023
Immunization Tool Kit (ITK)

The Immunization Tool Kit Ninth Edition has been updated with the following errata sheets to correct minor typos:

May 15, 2023
IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

The following documents from the CDC have been updated: 

May 12, 2023
Standing Orders

The standing orders for administering meningococcal vaccine have been consolidated and updated throughout:

May 11, 2023
IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

The Fact Sheets for Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have been consolidated and recommendations simplified for all age groups:

May 2, 2023
Tick-Borne Encephalitis Resource Center

The following poster has been added:

May 2, 2023
Important Announcement

The Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Division (DHA-IHD) offers two recurring in-person and virtual 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.

Continuing education will be available for these activities. See our Immunization Lifelong Learners CourseImmunization Lifelong Learners Course or Short CourseImmunization Lifelong Learners Short Course pages for more details and for listings of each course.


A premier, responsive, patient centered organization promoting excellence in immunization health care practice and policy for service members and beneficiaries.


Support Force Health Protection and Readiness, and the Military Health System by developing and promoting programs and services that enhance immunization effectiveness, safety, and acceptability. Provide evidence based solutions that improve immunization health care through policy implementation guidance, strategic communication, education, training, and clinical services worldwide.

Immunization Resources

Download the Joint Regulation Immunization PDF  So booklet cover 2022Download the Standing Orders booklet PDF  Download the Electronic Immunization Tool Kit PDF

Downlad the IHD Vaccine Storage and Handling Guide PDF  View the General Best Practices Guidelines for Immunizations (CDC) PDF  Pink Book 14th Edition  View the CDC Yellow Book for International Travel PDF

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Immunization Tool Kit 9th Edition


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

Letter to the Editor: Military Health System Exceeded Healthy People 2020 Goal for Rotavirus Vaccination


Letter to the Editor commenting on November 2033 (volume 29 issue 11) MSMR Brief Report, "Pediatric Vaccine Completion and Compliance Among Infants Born to Active Duty Service Members, 2006-2016"

DODI 6205.02 DOD Immunization Program


Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures to establish a uniform DoD immunization program, in accordance with the authority in DoDD 6200.04 and DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1010.10.

Protect Yourself With Respiratory Illnesses on the Rise

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"Tis the season, and respiratory illnesses are on the rise. Learn critical health guidance about the viral triple threat of COVID-19, influenza, and the common cold, and the commonsense steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.

Flu Season’s Here: You Still Can Get Your Flu Shot for Protection

Flu Week Infographic

It’s not too late to get vaccinated against the flu and COVID-19.

General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization


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.

Get Your Flu Shot

Get Your Flu Shot

Rear Adm. Brandon L. Taylor, Director of DHA Public Health, discusses how vaccines greatly reduce the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death. "An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure." Lets us join Rear Adm. Taylor this year to get informed on how vaccines can minimize the dangers of flu.

Ramstein Now Offers Novavax Vaccine

Article Around MHS
Military medical gives Soldier a COVID-19 vaccine

The 86th Medical Group is now offering the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, which has been authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to members 18 years and older in the Kaiserslautern Military Community.

How to Get Your Kids Up to Date on Vaccinations

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Resources to help you get and keep your child’s immunizations up to date in time for back to school.

Dr. Jay Montgomery Details Importance of the Immunization Healthcare Division

Dr. Jay Montgomery is a medical director for DHA’s Immunization Healthcare Division. In addition to being a clinician and educator, he also volunteers with Wounded Warriors to design, build and fly radio controlled helicopters. (Courtesy Photo)

Dr. Jay Montgomery is a medical director for the Defense Health Agency’s Immunization Healthcare Division’s North Atlantic Region Vaccine Safety Hub. In his role, Montgomery helps address vaccine and immunization questions and concerns.

DHA Form 236: Pediatric (5-11 years) COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Immunization Documentation, v12


This form is used to determine if the COVID-19 vaccine can be administered to the pediatric patient. (Version 12, May 2023)

Army Recovery Care Coordinator Guides Veterans, Caregivers in Recovery

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A warrior care coordinator shares how she supports recovering service members, their families and caregivers.

Checklist: Best Practices for Vaccination Clinics Held at Satellite, Temporary, or Off-Site Locations


A step-by-step guide to help clinic supervisors follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Defense (DOD) guidelines while overseeing any nontraditional vaccination clinic setting.

CDC Pink Book


Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases - 13th Edition

Don't Hesitate: Vaccinate Today for School

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Back to School Means Vaccine Time

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