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Posted: September 6, 2018 3:17 p.m.

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Immunization Awareness Month

Immunization programs are one of the top public health achievements of the last century. Routine immunization leads to drastic reductions in the prevalence of common diseases, and has led to global eradication of smallpox and the elimination of polio in the U.S. There are 26 diseases that can be prevented through the use of FDA-licensed vaccines.

However, due to ease of international travel and vaccine hesitancy, we still see outbreaks of some vaccine preventable diseases, such as measles.

Military families who travel the world or are stationed abroad should inquire about recommended immunizations every time they travel. Certain diseases that are rare in the United States may be very common elsewhere in the world. The CDC Yellow Book for International Travel, and most travel clinics, provide the latest information on disease threats and immunizations available to protect your family. See also “Preparing for travel can prevent illness”.

If you or your child go to a civilian health care provider to receive a vaccine, it is vital you get a record of it and share the information with your primary care manager or military hospital or clinic. This will ensure your family’s immunization records are complete. Incomplete documentation can lead to receipt of duplicate immunizations or appearing to not meet immunization requirements for schools or day care facilities.

•Vaccines are thoroughly tested before licensing, and carefully monitored after they are licensed, to look for any rare safety risks.

•Vaccines are the safest and most cost-effective way to prevent several diseases. They not only protect vaccinated individuals but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.

•Currently, the United States has the safest vaccine supply in its history. The country’s long-standing vaccine safety system ensures vaccines are as safe as possible.

Please see below for all the resources you’ll need to ensure that our beneficiaries are aware of the importance of vaccines, and they are immunized, as recommended by national guidelines.

 


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