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
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.
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 Military Vaccine Agency - Vaccine Healthcare Centers Network (MILVAX-VHCN)
personnel closest to you; whether
it is to organize outreach activities or simply put up a poster. Getting the word
out is the key!