Most pneumococcal infections are mild. However, some can be deadly or result in long-term problems, such as brain damage or hearing loss. Vaccination is the best protection. https://go.usa.gov/x7VmW
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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.