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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11/18/2020

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

11/18/2020

A previous pneumococcal infection will not protect you from future infection. Therefore, pneumococcal vaccines are recommended even if someone has had pneumococcal disease in the past. https://go.usa.gov/x7Vmr

11/16/2020

Children under age 2 and adults age 65 and older have an increased risk for pneumonia. Getting vaccinated offers the best protection. https://go.usa.gov/xpxXA

11/13/2020

Diabetes can make it harder for your immune system to fight infections, so people with diabetes are at increased risk for death from pneumonia. Get vaccinated for the best protection. https://go.usa.gov/xVMcJ

11/13/2020

Asthma causes your airways to swell and become blocked, and puts you at increased risk for pneumonia. If you have asthma, check with your provider to make sure you’re up to date on pneumonia and other vaccinations. https://go.usa.gov/xVMcH

11/13/2020
Military OneSource

Watch DHA-IHD Family Nurse Practitioner Ann Morse talk about the importance of flu vaccination with Military OneSource: https://www.facebook.com/7700123369/videos/368453630913808

COVID-19 Update November 9

We’re live with the Defense Health Agency discussing seasonal influenza and vaccine – why it’s important to get vaccinated, preventing influenza and who you can contact with questions/concerns. Join us!

11/04/2020

Even with good medical care, pneumococcal disease can be deadly. The disease is hard to treat because some bacteria are resistant to antibiotics. Getting vaccinated is the best protection. https://go.usa.gov/xVMb5

11/04/2020

The two licensed pneumococcal vaccines in the U.S. protect against the most severe of the 90-plus types of pneumococcal bacteria. Check with your provider to see which one is right for you. https://go.usa.gov/xVMbb

11/03/2020

Pneumonia can infect the lungs, ears, and sinuses, but did you know it can also infect the blood stream and the tissue around the brain and spinal cord? If you’re at high risk, the vaccine is the best way to prevent infection. To learn more, visit https://health.mil/pneumococcal.

11/03/2020

According to the CDC, more than 14% of adults in the United States are smokers, putting them at increased risk for pneumococcal disease. Get vaccinated—even if you’re not a smoker—to protect yourself from infection. https://go.usa.gov/xVMag

11/03/2020

Respiratory infections, especially pneumonia, are a leading cause of childhood mortality worldwide. Most of these deaths occur in Africa and Asia. If traveling to these areas, talk to your provider about the pneumonia vaccine. https://go.usa.gov/xmJQK

Flu vaccination has been associated with lower rates of some cardiac events among people with heart disease, especially ...
10/30/2020
Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine

Flu vaccination has been associated with lower rates of some cardiac events among people with heart disease, especially among those who had had a cardiac event in the past year. https://go.usa.gov/x7WfG

An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Learn more about seasonal flu vaccine.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenz...
10/30/2020
Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. That’s why it’s best to get vaccinated before influenza viruses start to spread in your community. https://go.usa.gov/x7WfG

An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Learn more about seasonal flu vaccine.

10/29/2020

Essential workers may be at a higher risk of being exposed to flu and COVID-19. Protect yourself and your community from flu by getting a flu vaccine. The more people vaccinated; the more people protected. https://go.usa.gov/x7jNN

10/29/2020

Getting a flu vaccine this year is more important as ever. Flu vaccine not only can help protect you and your loved ones, but also help reduce the strain on hospitals and healthcare systems. https://go.usa.gov/x7jNB

10/28/2020

If you have heart disease, or have had a stroke, it is especially important that you get a flu vaccine every flu season to protect against flu and its potentially serious complications. https://go.usa.gov/x7bDM

10/28/2020

Even when well-managed, diabetes places people at high risk of developing serious flu complications. Getting a flu vaccine is the best protection against flu and its potentially serious complications for people with diabetes. https://go.usa.gov/x7bDG

Changes in the immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women more prone to severe illness from fl...
10/27/2020
Flu & Pregnant Women | CDC

Changes in the immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women more prone to severe illness from flu. CDC recommends that pregnant women get vaccinated during any trimester of their pregnancy. Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/pregnant.htm

Fact sheet provides an overview about the impact of flu on pregnant women, and emphasizes the importance of flu vaccination for pregnant women and their unborn babies - CDC

Flu can make chronic health problems worse. Flu vaccine is the best protection from flu and its potentially serious comp...
10/27/2020
People at High Risk of Flu

Flu can make chronic health problems worse. Flu vaccine is the best protection from flu and its potentially serious complications. Find out what groups of people are at high risk for complications: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/index.htm

Some people are more likely to get serious flu-related complications if they get sick with flu.

10/23/2020

The flu virus can be spread through the air when someone infected coughs or sneezes. Watch for these flu symptoms: abrupt onset of fever, muscle pain, sore throat, non-productive cough, runny nose, and headache.

10/23/2020

Recent studies by the CDC show that the flu vaccine reduces the risk of flu by between 40% and 60%. Make sure you get vaccinated before this year’s flu season is in full swing. https://go.usa.gov/xVHvZ

Pneumonia is a serious flu-related complication that can result in death. CDC recommends all adults age 65 and older rec...
10/22/2020
Pneumococcal Disease | Vaccines - PCV13 and PPSV23 | CDC

Pneumonia is a serious flu-related complication that can result in death. CDC recommends all adults age 65 and older receive one or more pneumococcal vaccines. Talk to your doctor about which vaccines are best for you. https://go.usa.gov/xnHSa

There are two kinds of pneumococcal vaccines available in the United States. Pneumococcal vaccines are very good at preventing severe pneumococcal disease. However, vaccination is not guaranteed to prevent infection and symptoms in all people.

10/22/2020

Stay alert for emergency warning signs of flu sickness, such as difficulty breathing. https://go.usa.gov/xVngk

10/20/2020

If you are a caregiver to a young child, you should get a flu vaccine, and make sure that other caregivers and all household members aged 6 months and older also get vaccinated each year. https://go.usa.gov/xGCSE

10/20/2020

A number of studies have shown a flu vaccine given during pregnancy helps protect the baby from flu for several months after birth. https://go.usa.gov/xGCJW

10/19/2020

People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older. https://go.usa.gov/xGCJT

10/19/2020

Human immune defenses become weaker with age, placing some aged 65+ years at greater risk of flu related complications. Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xVn4Y

Flu germs spread when sick people sneeze or cough. Help stop the spread of flu at home, work and school with these 6 hea...
10/15/2020
Practice Good Health Habits

Flu germs spread when sick people sneeze or cough. Help stop the spread of flu at home, work and school with these 6 health habits: https://go.usa.gov/xVngj

Practice good health habits to stop the spread of germs and prevent illnesses like flu.

10/15/2020

Flu viruses are constantly changing, and a person’s immune protection from flu vaccination declines over time, so an annual vaccination is needed to get the best protection against the flu. https://go.usa.gov/xGCJQ

10/13/2020

There are different flu vaccine manufacturers and multiple influenza vaccine products licensed and recommended for use in the United States. CDC recommends use of any licensed, age-appropriate influenza vaccine during the 2020-2021 influenza season. No preference is expressed for any influenza vaccine over another. https://go.usa.gov/xGSYh

Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, however flu vaccination has been shown to reduce the risk of fl...
10/08/2020
Upcoming 2020-2021 Influenza Season

Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, however flu vaccination has been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death, and can also help conserve potentially scarce health care resources. https://go.usa.gov/xGtDR

What you need to know about the upcoming 2020-2021 influenza season in the United States.

10/08/2020

Any vaccination location following CDC’s vaccination guidance during a pandemic should be a safe place for you to get a flu vaccine. https://go.usa.gov/xGtDR

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