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Vaccine Recommendations

Vaccines are important tools that help protect health. Disease threats are everywhere, throughout life, from birth, to day care and school entry, to recruit training, to adult life, to deployment, and to retirement. Diseases can spread person-to-person, through consuming contaminated food or water, from the bite of an infected mosquito, and other ways, including possible hostile use of a biological warfare agent.

Vaccines provide a safe and effective means of countering the threats to personal health and military readiness. Successful immunization programs should include protocols that:

  • Identify persons eligible for vaccination based on age, vaccination status, occupational or travel requirements and/or medical conditions that put them at high risk for infection.
  • Provide adequate information to patients or their guardians regarding the risks and benefits of a vaccine and documentation of that information in compliance with Federal, DoD, and Service-specific guidelines.
  • Document vaccine administration in the individual medical record and appropriate Service-specific Immunization Tracking System (ITS), if required.
  • Record patient refusals or medical and administrative exemptions in the individual medical record and/or appropriate Service-specific ITS.
  • Document vaccine any post-vaccination adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

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General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization

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7/18/2018

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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Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 2 Years — U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands, April–October, 2016

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A new method of estimating vaccine coverage by medical record abstraction in the remote U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands showed coverage with the combined six-vaccine series by age 2 years ranged from 19.5% to 69.1%.

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Global Routine Vaccination Coverage, 2016

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11/17/2017

An update on the Global Vaccine Action Plan 2011-2020, which calls on all countries to reach routine immunization coverage of 90 percent or greater.

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

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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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