IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS MONTH
Immunization Health and the DoD Family

August 2014 marks the fifth annual Department of Defense (DoD) participation in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) campaign. The goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations that are recommended for the entire lifespan of an individual. Within the DoD we often focus on the immunization needs of our deployed Service members and the immunizations required for children to attend school; but no matter the age or occupation, immunization health should be maintained throughout one's lifetime. In the past, DoD has emphasized different parts of immunization healthcare. This year's focus is on immunization health and the DoD Family.

DoD's aim is to provide comprehensive immunization health care in an effort to prevent illness in military beneficiaries, retirees and employees; educating them on all immunizations they may need throughout their life. Immunizations continue to change and new vaccines are released each year, so it is important for healthcare providers to continue to share this important health information.

Your participation in the 2014 DoD Immunization Awareness Month activities will help ensure the success of this campaign. To assist you in your planning, we have created the IAM resources list below to serve as an educational reference for the entire DoD family. It is designed to assist organizations coordinate DoD Immunization Awareness Month promotional efforts at their medical treatment facilities. It also helps educate consumers and healthcare workers about childhood, adolescent and adult immunizations.

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Getting Started

To help get you started, please look over the DoD Immunization Awareness Month Blueprint for Success, as well as the resources available in the toolbox below. The type of event you choose to host should be based on your local resources and population. Please coordinate activities with the Immunization Healthcare Branch (IHB) personnel closest to you; whether it is to organize outreach activities or simply put up a poster. Getting the word out is the key!

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LTG Patricia D. Horoho, Surgeon General of the U.S. Army and Commanding general of U.S. Army Medical Command, speaks about the importance of vaccinations in preventing diseases.
Every Child By Two: 16-page coloring book
Word Scramble Puzzle
Word Find Puzzle
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Military Vaccine Agency
Immunization Action Coalition
What is the Flu? 17 Sep 10
Campaign Poster
Downloadable and printable
Downloadable and printable
Immunization Action Coalition
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
For MILVAX downloadable stickers
Education and Campaign Resources
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Every Child By Two: 16-page coloring book
CDC-TV Source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
California Department of Health Services
CDC Frequently Asked Questions
CDC Frequently Asked Questions
Immunization Action Coalition
CDC Recommended Schedule - 2011
CDC Recommended Schedule - 2011
CDC Recommended Schedule - 2011
Immune Platoon 05 Aug 10
CDC Kids Page on vaccines
Flu's Gonna Lose 05 Aug 10
Flu Prevention free materials from PKIDs Online
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National Foundation of Infectious Diseases (NFID)
Immunization Action Coalition
CDC Recommended Schedule - 2011
Vaccinations for Adults
Immunization Action Coalition
Stopping serious diseases before they start is what Vaccine Scene Investigation is all about. This video shows the importance of vaccinating against diseases such as Influenza, Pneumococcus, Herpes Zoster, aka Shingles and Tetnus, Diphtheria and Pertussis.
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For all current vaccines
Military Vaccine Agency
Disease Cards 29 Jun 07
CDC Education Materials
Immunization Action Coalition list of vaccination resources every practice should have
Published by the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases (NFID)
Vaccine Healthcare Centers Network Brochure
Comprehensive and Vaccine-Specific Recommendations
Expert immunization clinical consultation, education, and research for vaccine-related adverse events
Immunization Action Coalition
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LTG Patricia D. Horoho, Surgeon General of the U.S. Army and Commanding general of U.S. Army Medical Command, speaks about the importance of vaccinations in preventing diseases.
A Public Service Announcement by Army Surgeon General, LTG Patricia D. Horoho, about Immunization Awareness Month & the importance of the annual influenza vaccine.