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#DYK As many as 79% of TBI patients reported subjective visual complaints following a diagnosis of traumatic brain injur...
06/08/2021

#DYK As many as 79% of TBI patients reported subjective visual complaints following a diagnosis of traumatic brain injury. A September 2019 MSMR study looked at service members from 2006 to 2017 and found that the most commonly diagnosed visual dysfunctions were subjective visual disturbances, convergence insufficiency, visual field loss, and accommodative dysfunction.

Providers, help service members and their families understand why returning to duty too soon after a mild #TBI, or concussion, can be dangerous. Download our revised Progressive Return to Activity Clinical Suite patient resources at health.mil/TBIClinicalRecommendations. #PRASuite

According to the CDC, more than 60% of American adults have received their first COVID-19 vaccine. The U.S. Department o...
06/07/2021

According to the CDC, more than 60% of American adults have received their first COVID-19 vaccine. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has guidance for military commanders to help mitigate the risk of #COVID19 infection spreading to U.S. forces stationed around the world, and to protect Service members, DoD civilian employees, contractors and family members. Learn more: www.health.mil/coronavirus

According to the CDC, more than 60% of American adults have received their first COVID-19 vaccine. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has guidance for military commanders to help mitigate the risk of #COVID19 infection spreading to U.S. forces stationed around the world, and to protect Service members, DoD civilian employees, contractors and family members. Learn more: www.health.mil/coronavirus

A recent AFHSD study found that between December 2020 and March 2021, health care personnel and pilots had the highest i...
06/04/2021

A recent AFHSD study found that between December 2020 and March 2021, health care personnel and pilots had the highest incidence of COVID-19 vaccine initiation among all DoD occupations. #MSMR #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyReport #COVID19vaccine

A recent AFHSD study found that between December 2020 and March 2021, health care personnel and pilots had the highest incidence of COVID-19 vaccine initiation among all DoD occupations. #MSMR #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyReport #COVID19vaccine

Service members experience the same health issues that impact the general public. The April MSMR contains reports on hea...
06/03/2021

Service members experience the same health issues that impact the general public. The April MSMR contains reports on heat illness and skin and tissue infections among military personnel: https://www.health.mil/msmr

Service members experience the same health issues that impact the general public. The April MSMR contains reports on heat illness and skin and tissue infections among military personnel: https://www.health.mil/msmr

#DYK Risk factors for heat illness or exertional rhabdomyolysis, include exertion in hot, humid conditions; younger age ...
06/02/2021

#DYK Risk factors for heat illness or exertional rhabdomyolysis, include exertion in hot, humid conditions; younger age groups; males; low levels of physical fitness; prior heat illness; impaired sweating; and low levels of education. Read the study for yourself in the April MSMR: https://health.mil/msmr #HeatIllness #EducationMatters

#DYK Risk factors for heat illness or exertional rhabdomyolysis, include exertion in hot, humid conditions; younger age groups; males; low levels of physical fitness; prior heat illness; impaired sweating; and low levels of education. Read the study for yourself in the April MSMR: https://health.mil/msmr #HeatIllness #EducationMatters

There were 210,914 cases of skin and soft tissue infections identified from 2016 to 2020. White Service members had high...
06/01/2021

There were 210,914 cases of skin and soft tissue infections identified from 2016 to 2020. White Service members had higher rates of cellulitis/abscess and erysipelas, than all other race/ethnicity groups. #skinconditions

There were 210,914 cases of skin and soft tissue infections identified from 2016 to 2020. White Service members had higher rates of cellulitis/abscess and erysipelas, than all other race/ethnicity groups. #skinconditions

In 2020, an analysis found that there were 475 incident cases of heat stroke and 1,667 incident cases of heat exhaustion...
05/28/2021

In 2020, an analysis found that there were 475 incident cases of heat stroke and 1,667 incident cases of heat exhaustion among active component service members. Military members and their units continue to use timely medical intervention and take preventative measures to stop milder cases of heat illness from becoming severe and potentially life threatening. It's all in the April issue of the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report: https://health.mil/msmr #heatillness

In 2020, an analysis found that there were 475 incident cases of heat stroke and 1,667 incident cases of heat exhaustion among active component service members. Military members and their units continue to use timely medical intervention and take preventative measures to stop milder cases of heat illness from becoming severe and potentially life threatening. It's all in the April issue of the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report: https://health.mil/msmr #heatillness

#ICYMI Non-Hispanic Black Service members were 28% less likely to initiate vaccination. Officers were 31% more likely to...
05/27/2021

#ICYMI Non-Hispanic Black Service members were 28% less likely to initiate vaccination. Officers were 31% more likely to initiate than enlisted and women were 10% less likely to initiate than men. The Military Health System continues to monitor and assess these disparities to see if they narrow over time. Download the March MSMR for more analysis: https://health.mil/msmr #covid19

#ICYMI Non-Hispanic Black Service members were 28% less likely to initiate vaccination. Officers were 31% more likely to initiate than enlisted and women were 10% less likely to initiate than men. The Military Health System continues to monitor and assess these disparities to see if they narrow over time. Download the March MSMR for more analysis: https://health.mil/msmr #covid19

Global incidence of COVID-19 continues to change. #StayVigilant
05/26/2021

Global incidence of COVID-19 continues to change. #StayVigilant

COVID-19 hospital admissions are declining in most age groups across the United States. The New Hospital Admissions page on CDC’s COVID Data Tracker now shows data broken down by state or territory and age group. See what COVID-19 hospital admissions are like in your area: https://bit.ly/CDThealthcare

All military treatment facilities can access ESSENCE. AFHSD’s Integrated Biosurveillance branch uses this surveillance s...
05/25/2021

All military treatment facilities can access ESSENCE. AFHSD’s Integrated Biosurveillance branch uses this surveillance system to monitor COVID-like illnesses and Influenza-like Illnesses across the globe: https://go.usa.gov/xvKaJ

All military treatment facilities can access ESSENCE. AFHSD’s Integrated Biosurveillance branch uses this surveillance system to monitor COVID-like illnesses and Influenza-like Illnesses across the globe: https://go.usa.gov/xvKaJ

#DYK Beneficiaries can get a COVID-19 vaccine at any military hospital, clinic, or DOD vaccination site that offers the ...
05/24/2021

#DYK Beneficiaries can get a COVID-19 vaccine at any military hospital, clinic, or DOD vaccination site that offers the vaccine, even if it’s not where they normally get care.

Make the best decisions to protect you, your family, and your community. Talk with your health care provider to get the facts about #COVID19vaccines.

www.tricare.mil/VaccineAppointments

A recent study in the February MSMR, looked at whether the pathological breakdown of skeletal muscle that results from p...
05/21/2021

A recent study in the February MSMR, looked at whether the pathological breakdown of skeletal muscle that results from physical activity, is experienced differently in service members with and without Sickle Cell Trait. What do you think the study determined? #sicklecellawareness

A recent study in the February MSMR, looked at whether the pathological breakdown of skeletal muscle that results from physical activity, is experienced differently in service members with and without Sickle Cell Trait. What do you think the study determined? #sicklecellawareness

May is Better Hearing and Healthy Vision Month. Hazardous noise exposure is one of the most common occupational  hazards...
05/19/2021

May is Better Hearing and Healthy Vision Month. Hazardous noise exposure is one of the most common occupational hazards within the DoD; such exposure can cause hearing loss or tinnitus that may directly affect a service member's ability to communicate effectively. A report in the July 2020 MSMR reviews the "Hearing Conservation Measures of Effectiveness Across the Department of Defense": https://www.health.mil/msmr

May is Better Hearing and Healthy Vision Month. Hazardous noise exposure is one of the most common occupational hazards within the DoD; such exposure can cause hearing loss or tinnitus that may directly affect a service member's ability to communicate effectively. A report in the July 2020 MSMR reviews the "Hearing Conservation Measures of Effectiveness Across the Department of Defense": https://www.health.mil/msmr

Vaccination is an important intervention to mitigate the threat of COVID-19 to the U.S. military. Continue to protect yo...
05/18/2021

Vaccination is an important intervention to mitigate the threat of COVID-19 to the U.S. military. Continue to protect yourself and others. #covid19

Vaccination is an important intervention to mitigate the threat of COVID-19 to the U.S. military. Continue to protect yourself and others. #covid19

#DYK One of the 5 most common sexually transmitted infections among active component service members is ge***al human pa...
05/18/2021

#DYK One of the 5 most common sexually transmitted infections among active component service members is ge***al human papillomavirus (HPV). Between 2015 and 2020, annual rates of HPV infections decreased among female service members. Download the March MSMR to read the full report: https://www.health.mil/msmr #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyReport #STI #HPV

#DYK One of the 5 most common sexually transmitted infections among active component service members is ge***al human papillomavirus (HPV). Between 2015 and 2020, annual rates of HPV infections decreased among female service members. Download the March MSMR to read the full report: https://www.health.mil/msmr #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyReport #STI #HPV

Read about racial/ethnic #disparities in COVID-19 vaccine initiation and completion, skin and soft tissue infections, an...
05/17/2021

Read about racial/ethnic #disparities in COVID-19 vaccine initiation and completion, skin and soft tissue infections, and the effects of heat illnesses among the U.S. military population. It's all in the April issue of the MSMR! #heatillness #COVID19 #race #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyReport

Read about racial/ethnic #disparities in COVID-19 vaccine initiation and completion, skin and soft tissue infections, and the effects of heat illnesses among the U.S. military population. It's all in the April issue of the MSMR! #heatillness #COVID19 #race #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyReport

Slow the spread of #COVID-19! Continue to wash your hands and get tested if you are in contact with a sick person.
05/14/2021

Slow the spread of #COVID-19! Continue to wash your hands and get tested if you are in contact with a sick person.

Slow the spread of #COVID-19! Continue to wash your hands and get tested if you are in contact with a sick person.

Got questions about #COVID19 or the vaccine? Visit www.tricare.mil/coronavirus for information and guidance for @TRICARE...
05/13/2021

Got questions about #COVID19 or the vaccine? Visit www.tricare.mil/coronavirus for information and guidance for @TRICARE beneficiaries and providers. #coronavirus

A new CDC study reiterates that while antigen tests can offer quicker results and be less expensive, negative tests results should be interpreted with caution because they can miss detecting infections among some people with COVID-19. People with COVID-19 symptoms and a negative antigen test result should get additional testing. While awaiting confirmation, it’s important to continue following recommended measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, avoiding crowds, and washing your hands often. Learn more: http://bit.ly/7019a3.

U.S. military personnel may engage in activities or behaviors that place them at risk for increased contact with #ticks....
05/13/2021

U.S. military personnel may engage in activities or behaviors that place them at risk for increased contact with #ticks. These activities include outdoor work and military field exercises conducted in grass, shrubs or wooded areas. #TickAwarenessWeek Read the latest surveillance report about Vector-borne Diseases in the February 2021 MSMR: www.health.mil/msmr
(U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Alexander Sturdivant)

U.S. military personnel may engage in activities or behaviors that place them at risk for increased contact with #ticks. These activities include outdoor work and military field exercises conducted in grass, shrubs or wooded areas. #TickAwarenessWeek Read the latest surveillance report about Vector-borne Diseases in the February 2021 MSMR: www.health.mil/msmr
(U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Alexander Sturdivant)

05/12/2021
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#DYK AFHSD continues to monitor the #COVID-19 risk levels among civilian and DOD populations living at or near Military Health markets and installations.

Around NORTHCOM, #Influenza-like Illness activity was minimal for Week 17, which ended May 1. The number of laboratory-c...
05/11/2021

Around NORTHCOM, #Influenza-like Illness activity was minimal for Week 17, which ended May 1. The number of laboratory-confirmed influenza cases remained very low; the majority being Influenza A (not subtyped) and Influenza B. Read the March MSMR to learn about vaccine effectiveness among U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) beneficiaries during the 2019-2020 influenza season: https://www.health.mil/msmr

Around NORTHCOM, #Influenza-like Illness activity was minimal for Week 17, which ended May 1. The number of laboratory-confirmed influenza cases remained very low; the majority being Influenza A (not subtyped) and Influenza B. Read the March MSMR to learn about vaccine effectiveness among U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) beneficiaries during the 2019-2020 influenza season: https://www.health.mil/msmr

You can visit www.health.mil/coronavirus for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) guidance for military commanders to help m...
05/10/2021

You can visit www.health.mil/coronavirus for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) guidance for military commanders to help mitigate the risk of #COVID19 infection spreading to U.S. forces stationed around the world and to protect their associated populations.

You can visit www.health.mil/coronavirus for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) guidance for military commanders to help mitigate the risk of #COVID19 infection spreading to U.S. forces stationed around the world and to protect their associated populations.

AFHSD recognizes National #NursesWeek in Military Health system. Thanks for the work that you do in support of our milit...
05/06/2021
Nurses Week 2021: Nurses continue to advance the MHS mission

AFHSD recognizes National #NursesWeek in Military Health system. Thanks for the work that you do in support of our military Service members and their families.

The Defense Health Agency takes part in National Nurses Week, which begins April 6, every year. In 2021, as the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, this recognition is especially relevant.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. There are many resources and effective treatments available for those who want to ...
05/05/2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. There are many resources and effective treatments available for those who want to improve their mental health: https://www.pdhealth.mil/ #WorksForMe

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. There are many resources and effective treatments available for those who want to improve their mental health: https://www.pdhealth.mil/ #WorksForMe

We’d love to #publish your findings. The Medical Surveillance Monthly Report publishes evidence-based estimates regardin...
05/04/2021

We’d love to #publish your findings. The Medical Surveillance Monthly Report publishes evidence-based estimates regarding the incidence, distribution, impact, and trends of illness and injuries among Service members and other beneficiaries of the Military Health System. Download an issue and learn more about this publication: https://health.mil/msmr

We’d love to #publish your findings. The Medical Surveillance Monthly Report publishes evidence-based estimates regarding the incidence, distribution, impact, and trends of illness and injuries among Service members and other beneficiaries of the Military Health System. Download an issue and learn more about this publication: https://health.mil/msmr

Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. The summer months are full of military travel. If...
05/03/2021

Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. The summer months are full of military travel. If you’re planning a trip, make sure you know the @DeptofDefense’s travel restrictions, the @CDC/@CDCgov’s travel recommendations and the spread of #COVID19 where you’re traveling. https://go.usa.gov/xwCC9

Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. The summer months are full of military travel. If you’re planning a trip, make sure you know the @DeptofDefense’s travel restrictions, the @CDC/@CDCgov’s travel recommendations and the spread of #COVID19 where you’re traveling. https://go.usa.gov/xwCC9

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme disease is the most frequently reported vector-borne disease in the U.S., with...
05/03/2021

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme disease is the most frequently reported vector-borne disease in the U.S., with over 36,429 confirmed and probable cases in 2016. #LymeDisease

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme disease is the most frequently reported vector-borne disease in the U.S., with over 36,429 confirmed and probable cases in 2016. #LymeDisease

AFHSD bid a fond farewell to outgoing chief Army Col. Douglas Badzik on April 23. Badzik led the health surveillance tea...
04/30/2021

AFHSD bid a fond farewell to outgoing chief Army Col. Douglas Badzik on April 23. Badzik led the health surveillance team for five years and helped solidify its role as a combat support asset. Badzik increased synergies between AFHSD’s sections and established a health surveillance steering group with membership across the services. AFHSD’s acting chief Dr. Jose Sanchez called Badzik a man of honor and superb officer. Good luck on your next assignment!

The March issue of the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report contains reports on influenza, sexually transmitted infection...
04/29/2021

The March issue of the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report contains reports on influenza, sexually transmitted infections among active duty Service members, and blood lead levels among special forces in Germany. Download the latest report: https://www.health.mil/msmr #MSMR #fluseason

The March issue of the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report contains reports on influenza, sexually transmitted infections among active duty Service members, and blood lead levels among special forces in Germany. Download the latest report: https://www.health.mil/msmr #MSMR #fluseason

According to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), more than 2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administe...
04/29/2021

According to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), more than 2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Service members and other eligible beneficiaries. TRICARE beneficiaries can schedule an appointment using the DHA Appointing Portal: https://www.tricare.mil/dap #StayVigilant

Rates of COVID-19 are going down. The current 7-day average of new daily cases is 53,934, a 16% decrease from the previous week. Don’t let your guard down. If you’re not fully vaccinated, keep practicing healthy habits to slow the spread.

😷 Wear a mask that fits snugly over your nose and mouth.
↔ Stay at least 6 feet from others.
✅ Get a vaccine as soon as you can.
🚫 Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
🖐 Wash your hands with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

See more COVID-19 case data: https://bit.ly/36EDJQI.

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Welcome to the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB) official page on Facebook! Following We are on Facebook to provide timely, relevant, actionable and comprehensive health surveillance information in order to promote, maintain and enhance the health of military and military-associated populations. The AFHSB leads a collaborative effort that includes the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Health Protection and & Readiness, U.S. and foreign military services, civilian agencies, clinical experts and academic institutions that are dedicated to improving the health of service members and their families. While this is an open forum, it’s also a family friendly one, so please keep your comments and wall posts clear. In addition, we ask you to follow the Department of Defense user agreement which can be found here: http://www.defense.gov/socialmedia/user-agreement.aspx. Furthermore, the appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by AFHSC of the linked websites, or the information, products or service contained therein. Please let us know about existing external links you believe are inappropriate. This page is administered by the following: BC - Mr. Cowles, AFHSB Media Specialist JE – Ms. Evans, AFHSB Public Relations and Media Specialist If you have a media query, please contact Bryan Cowles or Judith Evans, AFHSB Media Relations at 301-319-3240.

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