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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
Immunization Lifelong Learners Short Course (ILLSC)

The following ILLSCs are now open for registration:

September 15, 2020
Influenza Vaccine Product List and Age Groups 2020-2021
The CPT code for Fluad influenza vaccine has been updated. September 3, 2020

DHA-PI 6025.34: Guidance for the DoD Influenza Vaccination Program (IVP)

This Defense Health Agency-Procedural Instruction (DHA-PI) implements instructions, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for the DoD Northern Hemisphere (NH) and Southern Hemisphere (SH) Seasonal influenza vaccination program.

August 25, 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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DHA-PI 6025.34: Guidance for the DoD Influenza Vaccination Program (IVP)

Policy

This Defense Health Agency-Procedural Instruction (DHA-PI), based on the authority of References (a) and (b), and in accordance with the guidance of References (c) through (n), implements instructions, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for the DoD Northern Hemisphere (NH) and Southern Hemisphere (SH) Seasonal influenza vaccination program.

Back-to-school vaccinations in the age of coronavirus

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8/12/2020
Medical technician wearing a mask, filling an immunization needle

DHA experts answer questions about back-to-school vaccines

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Recommendations for Mass Immunization Events During Pandemic Conditions

Fact Sheet
8/5/2020

During pandemic conditions, planners of mass immunization events need to consider additional measures to minimize risk of COVID-19 or similar infectious disease transmission.

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MHS emphasizes importance of vaccinations

Article
7/22/2020
Healthcare worker giving vaccine to soldier; both wearing masks

Get questions answered during live Q&A on July 23

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6/3/2020
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CDC maintains childhood immunization guidelines during COVID-19

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5/1/2020
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Immunization Tool Kit 9th Edition

Publication
4/30/2020

A practical reference that facilitates and enhances the global delivery of quality immunization healthcare to Department of Defense (DoD) beneficiaries and employees. The Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Division (DHA-IHD) publishes the Immunization Tool Kit based on national recommendations, evidenced-based, peer-reviewed published medical literature, and clinical practice guidelines.

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Amid COVID-19, seasonal influenza still a threat to force readiness

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4/29/2020
Hospital Corpsman administers a flu shot to a navy officer.

New Southern Hemisphere flu vaccine available May 2020

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DHA IPM 20-002: Southern Hemisphere Influenza Vaccination Program

Policy

This Defense Health Agency-Interim Procedures Memorandum (DHA-IPM), establishes the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) procedures to implement instructions, assign responsibilities, and prescribe procedures for the Southern Hemisphere Influenza Vaccination Program. All Active Duty, Selected Reserve, and National Guard members receive an annual influenza vaccination. Personnel who are traveling to, conducting a permanent change of station to, or are located in the Southern Hemisphere will receive the Southern Hemisphere influenza vaccine or obtain an exemption (e.g., medical or administrative) in accordance with guidance in paragraph 6.a. of Attachment 2. Military personnel residing in the Southern Hemisphere who have received the Southern Hemisphere influenza vaccine in accordance with Appendix 1, meet the annual influenza immunization requirement.

General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization

Publication
2/21/2020

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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Sorry flu, not this year

Article
1/27/2020
U.S. Air Force Kathryn Klein, right, an aerospace medical service specialist with 182nd Medical Group, Illinois Air National Guard, administers an influenza vaccination during drill weekend at the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, Ill., Dec. 8, 2019. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, and the best prevention is getting a flu vaccine each year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Paul R. Helmig II)

The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Medical supply chain teamed with Department of Defense partners to provide 3.4 million doses of the influenza vaccine to service members, dependents and retirees.

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Mid-season flu activity increase: How to keep healthy

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1/22/2020
Navy Hospital Corpsman Kenny Liu, from San Jose, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford's medical department, prepares a needle with a flu vaccination in the ship's hangar bay. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Angel Thuy Jaskuloski)

Despite reports of increased flu activity in the U.S., the Military Health System remains vigilant

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DTRA contributes to historic Ebola vaccine effort

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1/17/2020
Air Force Staff Sgt. Lee Nembhard, an aeromedical evacuation technician assigned to the 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, straps a simulated Ebola patient to a litter during a Transport Isolation System training exercise at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Megan Munoz)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves new Ebola vaccine

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HPV vaccine age limit raised by FDA to age 45

Article
1/14/2020
https://www.nfid.org/infectious-diseases/hpv/ Recent CDC and FDA guidance recommends that men and women up to 45 years of age get vaccinated to protect against the Human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection and can cause certain cancers and genital warts. More than 14 million new HPV infections occur in the U.S. each year, and about 80 percent of sexually active men and women are infected with HPV at some point in their lives. (National Foundation for Infectious Diseases image)

HPV shot protects against a host of diseases in men, women

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World AIDS Day puts spotlight on landmark DoD study

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12/2/2019
Dr. John Mascola, director of the National Institutes of Health Vaccine Research Center, discusses HIV vaccine progress at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Nov. 26, during a World AIDS Day commemoration.  (U.S. Army photo)

Vaccine study shows infection risk lowered by 31 percent, offering hope for future

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