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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 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 
Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Training, Course Number DHA-US069
The Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Training, JKO Course Number DHA-US069, is currently being updated for the 2020-2021 influenza season. An announcement will be made here and on our Online Training page when the training becomes available on JKO. This training is designed for health care personnel who administer flu vaccine in DoD. If your unit or organization requires training to be completed right away, you may complete training that is currently on JKO.
September 21, 2020
Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Cold Chain Management for Logistics Personnel, JKO Course Number DHA-US070
The Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Cold Chain Management for Logistics Personnel, JKO Course Number DHA-US070, is currently being updated. An announcement will be made here and on our Online Training page when the training becomes available on JKO. If your unit or organization requires training to be completed right away, you may complete training that is currently on JKO.
September 21, 2020
DHA-IHD Information Papers The Pneumococcal Disease and Pneumococcal Vaccines information paper has been updated throughout. October 29, 2020
Immunization Lifelong Learners Short Course (ILLSC)

The following ILLSCs have been postponed. Announcements will be made here if and when they are rescheduled:

October 22, 2020
Seasonal Influenza Resource Center 2020-21 The Pediatric and Adult Influenza Screening and Immunization Documentation form has been updated with pregnancy information, other minor edits. The form was last modified on October 21, 2020; it was originally published in February 2020. October 21, 2020
Immunization Lifelong Learners Short Course (ILLSC) An ILLSC has been scheduled for Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Washington, DC on January 19-20, 2021, and is now open for registration. This is an eight-hour course conducted over two days. Any further information on this course will come from JKO after you register. October 21, 2020
Pneumococcal Disease and Vaccine The Pneumococcal webpage has been updated throughout. October 16, 2020
Standing Orders for Vaccine Delivery The Standing Order for Administering Influenza Vaccine to Adults has been updated. October 15. 2020
DHA-IHD Information Papers The information paper Influenza Vaccines for Adults 65 Years and Older has been updated to clarify quadrivalent products. October 8, 2020
Meningococcal Disease and Vaccine The Meningococcal webpage and Meningococcal Disease and Meningococcal Vaccines information paper have been updated with new recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).  October 8, 2020

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 Immunization  Standing Orders booklet  Tool Kit

S&H Guide  Best Practices  Pink Book  Yellow Book

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