Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch-AFHSB

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Operating as usual

11/23/2020

Slow the spread of COVID-19. If you travel, protect yourself and others during your trip. Practice social distancing, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands often. Anticipate your needs for the duration of your trip. https://go.usa.gov/xwCYy

The Health Surveillance Explorer (HSE) supports Force Health Protection and operational readiness through a mapping plat...
11/20/2020

The Health Surveillance Explorer (HSE) supports Force Health Protection and operational readiness through a mapping platform that provides situational awareness of #COVID19 cases among U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) beneficiaries. Medical and public health leaders can receive daily reports, weekly surveillance summaries, and follow trends locally and around the world. Learn more: https://www.health.mil/hse

#StayVigilant and help slow the spread.
11/20/2020

#StayVigilant and help slow the spread.

COVID-19 cases are still on the rise. The average number of daily cases in the last 7 days increased 43% compared to the previous 7 days, with 94% of U.S. jurisdictions seeing a jump in cases. This Thanksgiving, protect yourself and your loved ones and help slow the spread in your community:

- Gather outdoors if you can.
- Limit the size of gatherings.
- Wear a mask.
- Stay 6 feet from others.
- Wash your hands.

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

In 2018, the neurologic conditions category accounted for over 680,000 medical encounters among active component service...
11/19/2020

In 2018, the neurologic conditions category accounted for over 680,000 medical encounters among active component service members. Read more about this 10-year study in the October #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyReport: https://www.health.mil/msmr

Read the latest #surveillance snapshot of Influenza immunization among active component healthcare personnel of the U.S....
11/19/2020

Read the latest #surveillance snapshot of Influenza immunization among active component healthcare personnel of the U.S. Army , U.S. Navy, and United States Air Force. Find details in the October #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyReport: https://health.mil/msmr

Defense Logistics Agency Helps DOD Prepare for Second COVID-19 Wave
11/18/2020
Defense Logistics Agency Helps DOD Prepare for Second COVID-19 Wave

Defense Logistics Agency Helps DOD Prepare for Second COVID-19 Wave

The Defense Department now has a four-month supply of personal protective equipment  including respirators, surgical masks and gloves to see troops and families through the second wave of COVID-19. 

COVID-19 is an increasing force health protection threat in areas where the Department of Defense (DoD) personnel live a...
11/13/2020

COVID-19 is an increasing force health protection threat in areas where the Department of Defense (DoD) personnel live and work. #COVID19

#COVID19 cases are on the rise in the US. #stayvigilant and do your part to slow the spread.
11/13/2020

#COVID19 cases are on the rise in the US. #stayvigilant and do your part to slow the spread.

COVID-19 cases continue to increase nationwide, with 94% of U.S. jurisdictions reporting an increase in cases. On November 11, CDC reported 143,408 new cases in one day. That is the highest number of cases reported in a single day so far. Do your part to slow the spread. Make these healthy habits part of your daily routine:
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Stay 6 feet from others.
See more COVID-19 data here: https://bit.ly/3n2jyUd

Learn how chronic pain diagnoses in the military increased steadily over the past decade and review a surveillance snaps...
11/12/2020

Learn how chronic pain diagnoses in the military increased steadily over the past decade and review a surveillance snapshot of influenza immunization in the October #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyReport issue: www.health.mil/MSMR.

Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch-AFHSB's cover photo
11/12/2020

Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch-AFHSB's cover photo

In honor of those who served, we say "thank you." Happy Veterans Day!  #VeteransDay
11/11/2020

In honor of those who served, we say "thank you." Happy Veterans Day! #VeteransDay

Today, we thank the men and women who gave selflessly and sacrificed in service to their country. Join us in saluting them this #VeteransDay.

Read about alcohol-related inpatient encounters and emergency department visits in the July #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyR...
11/10/2020

Read about alcohol-related inpatient encounters and emergency department visits in the July #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyReport: https://health.mil/msmr. #servicemembers

#DYK The estimated rate of alcohol-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations among active component servi...
11/10/2020

#DYK The estimated rate of alcohol-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations among active component service members was substantially lower than rates reported in the civilian sector. #alcohol

Military Health
11/09/2020

Military Health

Taking steps to lower your risk of getting the #flu is especially important amid the #COVID19Pandemic. The first step in preventing the #flu this year is to get you and your family vaccinated.

Get your flu shot today: www.tricare.mil/flu.
#MilitaryFamilyMonth

Follow CDC guidance to stem the spread of the disease. #StayVigilant
11/06/2020

Follow CDC guidance to stem the spread of the disease. #StayVigilant

COVID-19 cases continue to increase nationwide with 79% of jurisdictions reporting an increase in cases. Average daily cases in the last 7 days went up 20% from the previous 7 days. The highest increases in cases were seen in rural areas. Do your part to slow the spread. Make these healthy habits part of your daily routine:
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Stay 6 feet from others.
See more COVID-19 data here: https://bit.ly/3n2jyUd

AFHSB provides timely, relevant, actionable and comprehensive health surveillance information to promote, maintain, and ...
11/04/2020

AFHSB provides timely, relevant, actionable and comprehensive health surveillance information to promote, maintain, and enhance the health of military and military-associated populations. #MilitaryFamilyMonth

Each year, November is designated as National Veterans and Military Families Month. Military families have a special duty to kin and country, and the #MHS is proud to serve the family members of our service members and veterans.

#MilitaryFamilyMonth

#DYK The DoD Serum Repository was established in 1989 to store sera collected during the DoD's testing program for human...
11/03/2020

#DYK The DoD Serum Repository was established in 1989 to store sera collected during the DoD's testing program for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections. Read how AFHSB used this sera in its latest study in the September issue of the #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyReport

11/02/2020
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Do you want to know more about a specific healthcare topic and how it pertains to military populations? You can read past issues of the #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyReport at www. health.mil/MSMRArchives.

Which service (United States Air Force U.S. Army or U.S. Navy) had the most active component healthcare personnel reciev...
11/02/2020

Which service (United States Air Force U.S. Army or U.S. Navy) had the most active component healthcare personnel recieve influenza vaccinations? Read the latest #surveillance snapshot in the #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyReport: www.health.mil/msmr.

Get the flu vaccine at no cost at a military hospital or clinic or a participating network pharmacy.

If you get the vaccine as part of an office visit with a TRICARE-authorized provider, you’ll need to pay your copayment or cost-share for the office visit.

Visit: www.tricare.mil/FluVaccine

AFHSB continues to monitor the global spread of COVID19 and its impact on our troops. Read the latest update on this pan...
10/30/2020

AFHSB continues to monitor the global spread of COVID19 and its impact on our troops. Read the latest update on this pandemic. #StayVigilant

As of October 25, COVID-19 cases continue to increase across the country. Average daily cases in the last 7 days increased 26% from the previous 7 days. This 7-day average is 4% higher than the previous peak 7-day average that the United States reached in July. COVID-19 cases continue to vary across age groups. People ages 18-24 remain the age group with the highest incidence of COVID-19. Do your part to slow the spread. Practice these healthy habits:
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Stay 6 feet from others.
See more COVID-19 data here: https://bit.ly/3n2jyUd

Don’t let the risk factors of a stroke impact your ability to support military readiness.
10/29/2020

Don’t let the risk factors of a stroke impact your ability to support military readiness.

One in four people will have a stroke during their lifetime. To protect yourself and your loved ones from the serious effects of stroke:
• Learn your risk factors
• Reduce your risk factors
• Learn the warning signs of stroke
• Know what to do if you notice the warning signs

Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xGjNx.
#WorldStrokeDay

#DYK Routine human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screenings are usually performed during the annual evaluation of a servi...
10/28/2020

#DYK Routine human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screenings are usually performed during the annual evaluation of a service member’s medical readiness status. Learn more about the updated screening for HIV antibodies in the military community. #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyReport

#DYK In 2017 and 2018, nearly 80% of military beneficiaries diagnosed with spotted fever rickettsioses (SFR)received pre...
10/27/2020

#DYK In 2017 and 2018, nearly 80% of military beneficiaries diagnosed with spotted fever rickettsioses (SFR)received presumptive treatment despite a lack of symptoms consistent with SFR and only 4% had confirmed disease.

#DYK Annual incidence of spotted fever rickettsioses (SFR) in the U.S. increased from 1.7 cases per 1 million persons in...
10/26/2020

#DYK Annual incidence of spotted fever rickettsioses (SFR) in the U.S. increased from 1.7 cases per 1 million persons in 2000 to 13.2 cases per 1 million persons in 2016.

#DYK Inguinal hernia repair is one of the most common operations performed in the U.S., with more than 800,000 repairs d...
10/26/2020

#DYK Inguinal hernia repair is one of the most common operations performed in the U.S., with more than 800,000 repairs done annually.

Do you have a topic that you’d like to see published in the #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyReport? Authors are welcome to su...
10/24/2020

Do you have a topic that you’d like to see published in the #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyReport? Authors are welcome to submit manuscripts and ideas to MSMR staff. Read thru the guidelines: https://go.usa.gov/xdDvQ

Among U.S. military service members, inguinal hernia is the fourth most prevalent #digestive condition in terms of indiv...
10/23/2020

Among U.S. military service members, inguinal hernia is the fourth most prevalent #digestive condition in terms of individuals affected and number of medical encounters. Learn more in the September #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyReport: www.health.mil/msmr #hernia

Read how AFHSB’s Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS) section contributed to the US's second national antibiot...
10/22/2020
GEIS Program collaborates to combat antibiotic resistance

Read how AFHSB’s Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS) section contributed to the US's second national antibiotic initiative.

Through evolution, commonly circulating pathogens can develop resistance to antibiotics,

Read the July issue of the #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyReport to learn about the effectiveness of hearing conservation me...
10/20/2020

Read the July issue of the #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyReport to learn about the effectiveness of hearing conservation measures across the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

October is National Audiology Awareness Month! The annual observance is held to bring attention to the importance of hearing as a critical sense, and the role audiologists play in caring for patients. It also focuses on preventing hearing loss and why hearing health is a vital element of maintaining total force readiness. To remain mission ready, see an audiologist to assess your hearing health. For more, visit: https://hearing.health.mil #AudiologyAwarenessMonth #Hear4Life

#DYK In the U.S., 68% of spotted fever rickettsioses cases are reported between May and September with the highest numbe...
10/19/2020

#DYK In the U.S., 68% of spotted fever rickettsioses cases are reported between May and September with the highest number of cases in June. #MedicalSurveillanceMonthlyReport

Help slow the spread of COVID-19 and wear the right face coverings. #coronavirus #InThisTogether, #WearAMask
10/15/2020

Help slow the spread of COVID-19 and wear the right face coverings. #coronavirus #InThisTogether, #WearAMask

In 2004, the U.S. Department of Defense set a standard testing interval of 2 years to detect newly acquired HIV infectio...
10/15/2020

In 2004, the U.S. Department of Defense set a standard testing interval of 2 years to detect newly acquired HIV infections for all service members. Read more about this study in the September MSMR: health.mil/msmr

Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch-AFHSB's cover photo
10/15/2020

Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch-AFHSB's cover photo

We appreciate the Navy's mission and their contributions to health surveillance by providing health readiness to operati...
10/13/2020

We appreciate the Navy's mission and their contributions to health surveillance by providing health readiness to operating forces and shore command stakeholders. Happy Birthday! #NavyBirthday Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center

Happy birthday to the Navy! Thank you for your 245 years of service. #NavyBirthday

AFHSB's Global Emerging Infections Surveillance network, in collaboration with other U.S. partners, are committed to com...
10/09/2020

AFHSB's Global Emerging Infections Surveillance network, in collaboration with other U.S. partners, are committed to combating #antibioticresistance with a new National Action Plan for 2020-2025: https://bit.ly/3cc7bjj #GEIS

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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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