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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 
Vaccine Storage and Handling Our Vaccine Bin Label Examples have been updated with information on routes of administration, and to remove expiring vaccines. March 16, 2023
Policies The DODI 6205.02 DOD Immunization Program has been updated.
March 14, 2023
Package Inserts

The following package inserts have been updated with information on routes of administration:

March 14, 2023
Immunization Lifelong Learners Course (ILLC)
An ILLC has been scheduled for San Diego, CA, on Aug. 22-23, 2023, and is now open for registration.
March 7, 2023
Vaccine Schedules The CDC has updated its childhood and adult immunization schedules for 2023. March 3, 2023
Immunization Lifelong Learners Course (ILLC)
An ILLC has been scheduled for Camp Shelby, MS, on April 12-13, 2023, and is now open for registration. March 3, 2023
Immunization Lifelong Learners Short Course (ILLSC)
An ILLSC has been scheduled for Carlisle, PA, on June 22, 2023, and is now open for registration. 
March 1. 2023
Immunization Lifelong Learners Course (ILLC)

The following ILLCs have been scheduled and are now open for registration:

March 1, 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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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.

Guidance for the DoD Influenza Vaccination Program (IVP)


Implements instructions, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for the DOD Northern Hemisphere (NH) and Southern Hemisphere (SH) Seasonal influenza vaccination program.

Immunizations and Chemoprophylaxis for the Prevention of Infectious Diseases

  • Identification #: Army Regulation 40–562 BUMEDINST 6230.15B AFI 48–110_IP CG COMDTINST M6230.4G
  • Date: 10/7/2013
  • Type: Instructions
  • Topics: Immunization Healthcare Division

Guidance on Medications for Prophylaxis of Malaria 13-002


This document provides guidance and best practices for the chemoprophylaxis (use of medication to prevent malaria) of Service members serving in malaria endemic regions.

Clinical Policy for the Administration of the Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed


Department of Defense Guidance Regarding Thimerosal Containing Vaccines


This memo provides guidance regarding the use of vaccines containing Thimerosal.

DoD Directive 6205.03: DoD Immunization Program for Biological Warfare Defense


Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for members of the DoD against validated biological warfare threats, and prioritization of research, development, testing, acquisition, and stockpiling of biological defense vaccines under reference.

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Last Updated: March 17, 2023
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