DoD policy states influenza immunizations are mandatory for all Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel. Influenza immunizations are mandatory for DoD civilian and contract health care personnel who provide direct patient care at military treatment facilities (MTFs).
Note: more information on DoD influenza policies can be found at www.vaccines.mil/Policies/Influenza_-_Seasonal.
The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (HA) Policy 08-005, dated 4 April 2008, mandates all civilian health care personnel who provide direct care to patients in medical treatment facilities must be immunized against seasonal influenza each year as a condition of employment. www.vaccines.mil/documents/1169HCPFluHAPolicy_08_005.pdf.
The primary goal is to vaccinate 100 percent of all Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, and Health Care Providers whom provide direct patient care with a milestone goal of ≥ 90 percent by 16 December this year.
ACIP recommends the use of the seasonal influenza vaccinations for all people 6 months and older. Additionally, emphasis on providing routine annual vaccinations to certain groups at higher risk for influenza infection or complications should be a priority:
Vaccine shipments occur in early August. Your installation seasonal influenza vaccine program should begin immediately upon receipt of influenza vaccine to protect individuals at risk from developing influenza or its complications. All Services will follow Service–specific implementation guidelines. Influenza vaccinations should continue until supply is exhausted or the vaccine expiration is reached.
It is important to document immunizations properly into electronic immunization and paper-based systems. Vaccine, date of administration, lot number, manufacturer, Vaccine Information Statement version date, name of vaccine administrator and medical exemptions for military personnel must be documented in Service-specific immunization tracking systems.
All Services will monitor implementation using Service-specific electronic immunization tracking systems (Medical Protection System (MEDPROS), Aeromedical Services Information Management System (ASIMS), Medical Readiness Reporting System (MRRS), Shipboard Automated Medical System (SAMS), and the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS). All Military Health System (MHS) beneficiary immunizations should be documented in the electronic health record.
DoD has arranged with the Defense Logistics Agency – Troop Support (DLA-TS) to contract for influenza vaccine from four different manufacturers. Three manufacturers will provide injectable trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV3), Sanofi-Pasteur (Fluzone®), CSL Biotherapies/Merck (Afluria®), and Novartis (Fluvirin® and Flucelvax®). MedImmune (FluMist®) produces the intranasal quadravalent live, attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV4).
Note: More information regarding this year’s influenza vaccines and the presentations available can be found at www.vaccines.mil/documents/1642_Influenza_Vaccines_for_Different_Age_Groups_-_2013-14.pdf
If you are having a medical emergency call 911. Contact your healthcare provider or the clinic at which you received your vaccination for appropriate follow-up.
You may also contact the the DoD 24/7 Vaccine Healthcare Centers Network at (866) 210-6469 or email via at https://askvhc.wramc.amedd.army.mil. Any clinically significant medical event that occurs after vaccination should be submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at www.vaers.hhs.gov.