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The Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Branch (DHA-IHB) supports all 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:

Document What's changed Date Posted 
Operational Infectious Diseases Weekly Update
The latest update from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC), with 2017 infectious disease surveillance data through January 18, 2018.
January 19, 2018
Operational Infectious Diseases Weekly Update
The latest update from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC), with 2017 infectious disease surveillance data through January 11, 2018.
January 19, 2018
Influenza Vaccine Product List 2017-18
Document updated with new age ranges (6 months and older) for Fluarix quadrivalent influenza vaccine. January 17, 2018

Recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for Use of a Third Dose of Mumps Virus–Containing Vaccine in Persons at Increased Risk for Mumps During an Outbreak

The ACIP has recommended a third dose of a mumps virus–containing vaccine for persons previously vaccinated with 2 doses who are identified by public health authorities as being part of a group or population at increased risk for acquiring mumps because of an outbreak. 

January 16, 2018

Prevention of Hepatitis B Virus Infection in the United States: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

This report updates and summarizes previously published recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC regarding the prevention of Hepatitis B virus infection in the United States.

January 16, 2018
Fluarix Quadrivalent package insert Updated prescription information for Fluarix quadrivalent influenza vaccine to extend the range of use to children ages 6 to 35 months. January 16, 2018
Trumenba package insert Updated prescription information for Trumenba meningococcal B vaccine to include information on an additional (single dose) syringe presentation.
January 16, 2018
Immunization Program Leaders Course (IPLC)
Camp Pendleton, CA IPLC (August 22-23, 2018) is now open for registration.
January 8, 2018
Standards for Quality Immunization Practice Course (SQIPC)
Camp Pendleton, CA SQIPC (August 21, 2018) is now open for registration.
January 8, 2018
Immunization Program Leaders Course (IPLC)
Seoul, South Korea IPLC (September 13-14, 2018) is now open for registration.
January 5, 2018
Standards for Quality Immunization Practice Course (SQIPC)
Seoul, South Korea SQIPC (September 12, 2018) is now open for registration.
January 5, 2018
Immunization Program Leaders Course (IPLC) Honolulu, HI IPLC (March 7-8, 2018) is now open for registration. January 4, 2018
Standards for Quality Immunization Practice Course (SQIPC) Honolulu, HI SQIPC (March 6, 2018) is now open for registration.
January 4, 2018
Operational Infectious Diseases Weekly Update
The latest update from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC), with 2017 infectious disease surveillance data through January 3, 2018. January 4, 2018

Vaccines with Diluents: How to use them

Instructions on how to use vaccines with diluents, updated to include Shingrix, a new shingles vaccine, and remove two vaccines (Menhibrix and Menomune) that have been discontinued.

January 3, 2018

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    Best Practices Immunization Cover   Storage and Handling 2017 cover  CDC Pink Book cover   Yellow Book 2018

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Antibiotics not the answer for common cold

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12/21/2017
Antibiotics should only be used to treat bacterial infections, not viral infections as they will not work against upper respiratory illnesses caused by viruses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson)

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Immunization Healthcare Branch outreach initiatives

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Navy Lt. Jessica Miller, a certified nurse midwife in Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s pregnancy Integrated Practice Unit, assesses a patient. A key education initiative for the Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Branch involved outreach to new parents or soon-to-be parents to address any questions or concerns they have about vaccines recommended during pregnancy, infancy or childhood. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel)

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Surveillance Snapshot: Influenza Immunization among U.S. Armed Forces Healthcare Workers, August 2012 – April 2017

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10/31/2017
Did you know …?  During the 2016 – 2017 influenza season, each of the three services attained greater than 94% compliance among healthcare personnel. The U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that all healthcare personnel be vaccinated against influenza to protect themselves and their patients. The Joint Commission requires that healthcare organizations have influenza vaccination programs for practitioners and staff, and that they work toward the goal of 90 percent receipt of influenza vaccine. This snapshot of a five-year surveillance period (August 2012 – April 2017) shows  that the active component healthcare personnel of the Army, Navy, and Air Force has exceeded the percentage compliance with influenza immunization requirement in each year. •	Line graph showing the percentage of healthcare specialists and officers with records of influenza vacation by influenza year (1 August through 30 April) and service, active, U.S. Armed Forces, August 2012 – April 2017 displays. Access the full snapshot in MSMR Vol. 24 No. 10 October 2017 at Health.mil/MSMR There are two photos featured on the infographic: 1.	A service member being vaccinated with the flu vaccine displays  2.	A photo of vaccine administrators shows.

This snapshot of a five-year surveillance period (August 2012 – April 2017) details influenza immunization compliance among the active component healthcare personnel of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

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Don’t give flu a fighting chance; get the flu shot

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Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Gerich Curtom (left), administers a flu shot to Builder 2nd Class Charles Scheck at Naval Air Station North Island’s medical clinic. There are many different strains of flu virus, and they can often mutate quickly, presenting a challenge in keeping everyone healthy and maintaining optimal immunity, and making it necessary to get immunized annually. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sean P. Lenahan)

Influenza presents a disease threat almost every year, and annual immunization continues to be the best way to avoid that threat

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National, Regional, State, and Selected Local Area Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years — United States, 2016

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8/25/2017

CDC provides up-to-date estimated immunization rates among teens using the latest recommended immunization schedules.

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Immunizations provide the ounce of prevention delivering the pound of cure

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8/1/2017
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Air Force Col. Tonya Rans, chief, Immunization Healthcare Branch at the Defense Health Agency, explains how vaccinations are an important preventive health tool.

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CDC Yellow Book

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6/12/2017

CDC Health Information for International Travel 2018

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DoD vaccine research saves military, civilian lives

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6/2/2017
Mosquitoes lie in a petri dish for testing. Personnel at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, a Defense Department biomedical facility in Silver Spring, Maryland, are researching and developing vaccines that can save military and civilian lives. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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DoDEA Immunization Requirements School Year 2017-18

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Students who enroll in Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools are required to meet specific immunization requirements.

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Immunization Healthcare nurses have all bases covered

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5/12/2017
Immunization Healthcare Branch nurse practitioner Ann Morse (left) speaks to Sailors about immunizations at a health fair. The Health Fair was part of a long-range plan to improve the overall health and wellness of Sailors.(U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Mckensey Smith)

The nurses and nurse practitioners of the DHA Immunization Healthcare Branch carry on a proud tradition of nursing in military medicine, through education, policy development, adverse event management, research and training all done in the name of caring for patients and providers and ensuring the health of our warfighters.

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Surveillance of Vaccination Coverage Among Adult Populations — United States, 2015

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5/10/2017

The findings provided in this report indicate that vaccination coverage levels among U.S. adults are not optimal. Improvement in adult vaccination is needed to reduce the health consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases among adults.

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General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization

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4/20/2017

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.

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2/27/2017
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CDC Pink Book Supplement 2017

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