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

What's New

The following documents have been updated within the past 30 days:

Important Announcement

The Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Division (DHA-IHD) announces two new, recurring in-person 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. They replace the former Standards for Quality Immunization Practices Course (SQIPC) and the Immunization Program Leaders Course (IPLC), which will no longer be offered. These new courses are recommended for any health care personnel working with immunizations.

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

Document What's changed Date Posted 
DHA-IHD Vaccine Storage and Handling Guide This comprehensive guide to storage and handling of vaccines has been updated throughout. December 10, 2019

Travel Vaccines Update: Know Before You Go

This December 13, 2019 webinar will feature a discussion on updated travel vaccine recommendations.

December 10, 2019
Vaccine package inserts The package insert for Pneumovax 23 pneumococcal vaccine has been updated with minor changes. December 10, 2019

Use of 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine and 23-Valent Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine Among Adults Aged ≥65 Years: Updated Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) is no longer routinely recommended for all adults aged 65 years and older, but instead recommended based on shared clinical decision-making for seniors who do not have certain medical conditions.

November 22, 2019

MMQC-19-2541 VAXCHORA (Cholera Vaccine, Live, Oral) Storage and Handling Update

Any cholera vaccine shipped on or after November 11, 2019, should now be stored in the refrigerator instead of the freezer. On-hand stock should continue to be stored in the freezer.

November 18, 2019
Vaccine package inserts
The package insert for Rotarix rotavirus vaccine has been updated with minor changes throughout.
November 18, 2019
Vaccine Recommendations by AOR The USINDOPACOM table has been updated with additional guidance on polio vaccine requirements. November 12, 2019
Immunization Lifelong Learners Course (ILLC) The following ILLCs have been opened for registration: Fort Campbell, KY (February 25-26, 2020) and Fort Polk, LA (March 10-11, 2020). November 12, 2019

Vision

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

Mission

Support Force Health Protection and Readiness, and the Military Health System (MHS) 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

Joint Regulation screenshot  Storage and Handling Guide 2019    
Best Practices Immunization Cover  CDC Pink Book cover   Yellow Book 2020

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This Defense Health Agency-Interim Procedures Memorandum (DHA-IPM), based on the authority of References (a) and (b), and in accordance with the guidance of References (c) through (o), implementing instructions, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for the seasonal influenza vaccination program. • This DHA-IPM cancels and reissues DHA-IPM 18-005. • This DHA-IPM is effective immediately and will expire 12 months from the date of issue.

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