The Military Vaccine Agency (MILVAX) is a U.S. government program operating within the Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General which supports all five U.S. Armed Services to enhance military medical readiness by coordinating U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) immunization (vaccination) programs worldwide. MILVAX works to protect servicemember health by facilitating vaccine information, education, scientific understanding, and product quality.
Vision[edit | edit source]
“To protect and enhance the health of service members and military beneficiaries, by promoting excellence in immunization policy and practice.”
Mission[edit | edit source]
“To enhance military medical readiness and protect human health by:
-synchronizing, integrating, and coordinating DoD/service vaccine policies and information -increasing scientific understanding of vaccine safety and effectiveness -promoting excellence in immunization standards of practice -developing and implementing communication strategies and activities -delivering vaccine information, educational resources and training -providing specialized clinical consultative service, case management and causality assessment -advocacy for evidence based practice improvement
Operations[edit | edit source]
MILVAX coordinates and assesses U.S. military immunization programs worldwide through a variety of mechanisms, including an integrated electronic immunization tracking program. It is charged with safeguarding the shipping and handling of temperature-sensitive medical products within the military system.
MILVAX synchronizes information among the five US Armed Services and senior DoD staff elements, whom it assists with policy development, especially as related to bio-defense and pandemic issues. It provides education for military and other government healthcare workers and to the public through its website and call-in service.
MILVAX operates an “Immunization University” in coordination with the Vaccine Healthcare Centers Network to provide an informal collection of guidelines and training resources for medical staff. The University offers training on vaccine products and immunization services through distance learning and on-site classes sponsored by MILVAX.
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