The following is an excerpt from the National Vaccine Information Center.

If you are a military dependent (beneficiary) and use military medical facilities, Tri-Care Services and/or Military Child Care, you must comply with the contained in Joint Air Force, Army, Navy, and Coast Guard publication (AR 40-562, BUMEDINST 6230.15A, AFJI 48-110, CG COMDTINST M6230.4F) update released 29 September 2006. These polices are further explained.

A request for a waiver can be made based on conditions such as those described below. Family members receive vaccinations according to current ACIP recommendations. The ACIP recommendations are outlined on the or the of the Military Health Services (MHS) and the Defense Health Agency (DHA). In addition, family members may be subject to U.S. Armed Services - specific requirements/recommendations for vaccinations which apply to the foreign country in which they will live when accompanying military service members under military sponsorship.

DoD policy is that Military Departments will use the first-available vaccine doses to preserve operational effectiveness, and protect the most vulnerable populations by vaccinating military units that are deployed or will deploy, and other DoD personnel that represent or support critical missions, as well as high risk groups listed in the most current recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

The DHA - IHB supports all DoD immunization programs and provides clinical consultative services, educational support, and training resources for the entire DoD. The DHA - IHB has Immunization Healthcare Specialists (IHSs) located around the world. For contact information for the IHS assigned to your location, visit the IHB website.

Military personnel can report known or suspected adverse events related to the administration of influenza vaccine to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). AR 40-562, Immunizations and Chemoprophylaxis, 29 SEP 06, establishes minimum requirements for submission of a VAERS form as: vaccine reactions resulting in hospitalization or time lost from duty (more than 24 hours), or if contaminated lots are suspected (Ref a).

More information about DoD vaccination programs for vaccine recipients and providers is at the DHA - IHB website. See a list of selected resources below for direct links.

Additional resources:

General Vaccine Information and Recommendations

Exemption Information & Guidance


Department of Defense Education Activity Immunization Requirements School Year 2017/18

Vaccine Safety / Adverse Events