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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 
Standards for Quality Immunization Practice Course (SQIPC)
Buffalo, NY, SQIPC (August 4, 2018) now open for registration.
April 16, 2018

Surveillance to Track Progress Toward Polio Eradication — Worldwide, 2016–2017

In 2017, 22 wild poliovirus cases were reported from two countries (Afghanistan and Pakistan), the fewest number ever reported globally. Polio cases caused by circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses increased due to outbreaks in Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
April 13, 2018
Operational Infectious Diseases Weekly Update
The latest update from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC), with 2018 infectious disease surveillance data through April 12, 2018.
April 13, 2018
Smallpox Resource Center A new centralized page containing resources you will need for the DoD Smallpox Vaccination Program (SVP), to include policy information, clinical guidance, educational materials, and more.
April 9, 2018
Flublok Quadrivalent package insert Prescribing information for Flublok quadrivalent influenza vaccine has been updated to revise contact information for adverse event and pregnancy outcome reporting and for pregnancy registry enrollment. April 9, 2018
Smallpox Vaccination Program Questions and Answers A comprehensive compilation of frequently asked questions and answers about the DoD Smallpox Vaccination Program (SVP). April 5, 2018
Immunization Program Leaders Course (IPLC) Minneapolis, MN, IPLC (June 13-14, 2018) now open for registration. April 5, 2018
Standards for Quality Immunization Practice Course (SQIPC) Minneapolis, MN, SQIPC (June 12, 2018) now open for registration. April 5, 2018
Notes from the Field: Fatalities Associated with Human Adenovirus Type 7 at a Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Facility — New Jersey, 2017

This report details an outbreak of adenovirus at a New Jersey substance-abuse rehabilitation facility, where 79 probable cases were identified, and three people died.

March 30, 2018

Two Cases of Meningococcal Disease in One Family Separated by an Extended Period — Colorado, 2015–2016

This report describes a possible instance of meningococcal disease transmission within a family, despite appropriate post-exposure prophylaxis recommendations (but without documentation of compliance), with a 15-month interval between cases and with the second case in an infant who was not yet born at the time the first case occurred.

March 30, 2018
Operational Infectious Diseases Weekly Update
The latest update from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC), with 2018 infectious disease surveillance data through March 29, 2018.
March 30, 2018

Improving Healthcare Personnel Immunization Rates

This April 5 webinar will review current immunization recommendations and rates for health care personnel, and discuss best practices and strategies to increase immunization rates in various health care settings.

March 29, 2018
MMQC-18-1396 Pharmaceutical Reverse Distributor Program Acceptance of Live Attenuated Shingles Vaccine (Zostavax) Medical treatment facilities (MTFs) may now turn in soon-to-expire Zostavax shingles vaccine to potentially receive a credit on their Prime Vendor account. March 27, 2018
Anthrax Vaccine Information Statement An updated Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) has been released for anthrax vaccine, with updates throughout. March 27, 2018
Standing Orders for Vaccine Delivery in the Department of Defense (DoD) An overview of standing orders and how to create them for vaccine delivery at immunization sites within DoD. March 27, 2018
Vaccine package inserts The package inserts have been updated for the following vaccines: Heplisav-B, Fluarix (Quadrivalent) and Zostavax. March 26, 2018

MMQC-18-1388 - Current Yellow Fever Vaccine Inventory - Suspense 10 April 2018

All immunization sites are to report their inventory of yellow fever vaccine, even if they have on-hand zero balance, by April 10, 2018.

March 26, 2018

Fatal Yellow Fever in Travelers to Brazil, 2018

Since January 2018, 10 travel-related cases of yellow fever, including four deaths, have been reported in international travelers returning from Brazil. None of the 10 travelers had received yellow fever vaccination. March 20, 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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