DHA Immunization Healthcare Branch

DHA Immunization Healthcare Branch Welcome to the official Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Branch page, formerly MILVAX-VHCN. Our official website is www.health.mil/vaccines.

The IHB supports DoD vaccination programs protecting our Service Members, their families, our beneficiaries and DoD civilians; and provides educational support and training resources for DoD healthcare providers and clinicians. We enhances vaccine safety, efficacy and acceptability within the Military Health System through programs and services that provide expert clinical consultation, care, safety surveillance, education, and research.

Mission: To enhance the Military Health System focus on health and healing by supporting immunization program efficacy, safety and acceptability, and enabling solutions that address personalized medicine and improved evidence based practices.

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Many people infected with hepatitis A, especially children, have no symptoms but can still spread the infection. In addi...
09/16/2020
Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for the Public | CDC

Many people infected with hepatitis A, especially children, have no symptoms but can still spread the infection. In addition, a person can transmit the hepatitis A virus to others up to 2 weeks before symptoms appear. https://go.usa.gov/xGNuY

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected. Heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and certain medical conditions can cause hepatitis, but it is often caused by a virus. In the United States, the most common hepatitis viruses....

09/16/2020

Hepatitis A symptoms usually appear 2 to 7 weeks after infection. Symptoms usually last less than 2 months, although some people can be ill for as long as 6 months. https://go.usa.gov/xGNuY

Symptoms of meningococcal disease can first appear as a flu-like illness and rapidly worsen. These types of infections a...
09/04/2020
Meningococcal | Signs and Symptoms | CDC

Symptoms of meningococcal disease can first appear as a flu-like illness and rapidly worsen. These types of infections are very serious and can be deadly in a matter of hours. https://go.usa.gov/xGjTh

meningococcal infection is characterized by a sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. It is often accompanied by other symptoms

09/04/2020

Doctors treat meningococcal disease with antibiotics, but quick medical attention is extremely important. Keeping up to date with recommended vaccines is the best defense against meningococcal disease. https://go.usa.gov/xGbqK

Meningococcal disease is often severe and can be deadly. It can include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal...
09/03/2020
Meningococcal | Home | CDC

Meningococcal disease is often severe and can be deadly. It can include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord and bloodstream infections. https://go.usa.gov/xGbqK

Meningococcal disease can refer to any illness that is caused by Neisseria meningitidis, also known as meningococcus bacteria.

09/03/2020

The CDC recommends all 11 to 12 year olds be vaccinated against meningococcal disease, with a booster dose at 16 years old. https://go.usa.gov/xGbqW

Practicing good hand hygiene — including thoroughly washing hands after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before...
09/02/2020
Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for the Public | CDC

Practicing good hand hygiene — including thoroughly washing hands after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food — plays an important role in preventing the spread of hepatitis A. https://go.usa.gov/xG2Fn

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected. Heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and certain medical conditions can cause hepatitis, but it is often caused by a virus. In the United States, the most common hepatitis viruses....

09/02/2020

Many people infected with hepatitis A virus have no symptoms but can still spread the infection. In addition, a person can transmit the hepatitis A virus to others up to 2 weeks before symptoms appear. https://go.usa.gov/xG2Fn

All unvaccinated people, along with those who have never had hepatitis A, should be vaccinated before traveling to count...
09/01/2020
Hepatitis A - Chapter 4 - 2020 Yellow Book | Travelers' Health | CDC

All unvaccinated people, along with those who have never had hepatitis A, should be vaccinated before traveling to countries where hepatitis A is common. https://go.usa.gov/xG4m7

Information about how to order the U.S. government publication about traveling titled "Health Information for International Travel" (also called the "Yellow Book"). Provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all children ages 12-23 months, as well as all children and adolescents 2–18 ...
09/01/2020
Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for the Public | CDC

Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all children ages 12-23 months, as well as all children and adolescents 2–18 years of age who have not previously received hepatitis A vaccine. https://go.usa.gov/xG4mf

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected. Heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and certain medical conditions can cause hepatitis, but it is often caused by a virus. In the United States, the most common hepatitis viruses....

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09/01/2020

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08/27/2020

Yellow fever vaccine may be required for entry into certain countries. Yellow fever vaccination requirements and recommendations for specific countries are available at https://go.usa.gov/xGa6V. #NIAM20

08/27/2020

Yellow fever vaccine is recommended for people aged 9 months or older who are traveling to or living in areas at risk for yellow fever virus transmission in South America and Africa. Health.mil/yellowfever #NIAM20

Nearly all newborns who become infected with the hepatitis B virus develop lifelong hepatitis B, which lead to liver dam...
08/26/2020
Hepatitis B Questions and Answers for the Public | CDC

Nearly all newborns who become infected with the hepatitis B virus develop lifelong hepatitis B, which lead to liver damage, liver cancer, and even death. https://go.usa.gov/xGxmQ #NIAM20

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected. Heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and certain medical conditions can all cause hepatitis. However, hepatitis is often caused by a virus. In the United States, the most common he...

08/26/2020

Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for all infants and for others at high risk for infection who haven't been vaccinated. https://go.usa.gov/xGxmQ #NIAM20

08/25/2020
Polio

Polio vaccine is given in three doses at ages 2 months, 4 months, and 6-18 months. A booster dose is recommended between 4-6 years of age. Health.mil/polio #NIAM20

All inclusive source for Polio vaccine information

08/25/2020

There is no cure for polio. It can only be prevented by immunization. Health.mil/polio #NIAM20

08/17/2020

The vaccines you need to get before traveling will depend on few things, including where you plan to travel, your health, and the vaccinations you’ve already received. https://go.usa.gov/xftx4 #NIAM20

08/17/2020

In many cases, your child can get combination vaccines — or vaccines that protect them from more than one disease. This means fewer vaccines for them and fewer trips to the doctor for you. https://go.usa.gov/xfHPj #NIAM20

Every year in the U.S., HPV causes over 33,700 cases of cancer in men and women. The HPV vaccine can prevent most of the...
08/14/2020
Six Reasons to Get Vaccinated Against HPV

Every year in the U.S., HPV causes over 33,700 cases of cancer in men and women. The HPV vaccine can prevent most of these cases of cancer. You can protect your child long before they are ever exposed by getting them vaccinated when they are 11 or 12. https://go.usa.gov/xyPFP

Children ages 11-12 need 2 doses of HPV vaccine to protect against cancer.

If you have a chronic condition such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease, getting sick with vaccine-preventable diseas...
08/13/2020
Recommended Vaccines | Adults with Health Conditions | CDC

If you have a chronic condition such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease, getting sick with vaccine-preventable diseases like flu and pneumonia can lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death. Protect yourself – get vaccinated. Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xwga2

Adults with heart or cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, lung disease, asthma and other health conditions may need these recommended adult vaccines.

Do you know if you are up to date on vaccines? You may need vaccines based on your age, health conditions, job, or other...
08/13/2020
The Adult Vaccine Quiz | CDC

Do you know if you are up to date on vaccines? You may need vaccines based on your age, health conditions, job, or other factors. Fill out this quick assessment to find out which vaccines might be right for you: https://go.usa.gov/xyPF2

Adolescent and Adult Vaccine Quiz

08/11/2020

HPV vaccine is important because it protects against cancer. It is recommended for males and females 9 through 45 years of age. Talk to your health care provider for more information. Health.mil/HPV #NIAM20

08/11/2020

The recommended childhood, adolescent and adult immunization schedules in the U.S. protect against several diseases. Talk to your health care provider to make sure you and your family are up to date on immunizations. Health.mil/vaccinerecs #NIAM20

08/10/2020

Incomplete documentation can lead to your child receiving duplicate vaccines or having the appearance of not being up to date on vaccines when he or she starts school or day care. Health.mil/vpd #NIAM20

08/10/2020

Measles can be lifethreatening, especially for children and among people who have a compromised immune system.
https://go.usa.gov/xwXtM #NIAM20

08/06/2020

Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe gastroenteritis in infants and young children worldwide. There are two rotavirus vaccines licensed for use in the U.S. Both are administered orally. Talk to your health care provider for more information. Health.mil/rotavirus #NIAM20

08/06/2020
Redirect

Chickenpox is a highly infectious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). Routine vaccination using a two-dose series is recommended. Talk to your health care provider for more information. Health.mil/chickenpox #NIAM20

08/05/2020

Adolescents need protection from additional infections, like HPV and meningococcal disease, before the risk of exposure increases. Health.mil/HPV #NIAM20

08/05/2020

DTaP vaccines are licensed for use among infants in the United States, and are given in a 5-dose series at 2, 4, 6, and 15-18 months, and 4-6 years. Talk to your health care provider for more information. Health.mil/tdap #NIAM20

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The IHB supports DoD vaccination programs protecting our Service Members, their families, our beneficiaries and DoD civilians; and provides educational support and training resources for DoD healthcare providers and clinicians. We enhances vaccine safety, efficacy and acceptability within the Military Health System through programs and services that provide expert clinical consultation, care, safety surveillance, education, and research. Following, shares, likes & links ≠ endorsement.

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Hi can I send a baby who has skipped immunization from 4 months up to 10 months to the clinic? Is the baby going to get the vaccines she missed?