Éditoriaux Défense Sécurité Terrorisme Zones de conflits Logistique Livres de référence Liens
Terre Air Mer Gendarmerie Renseignement Infoguerre Cyber Recherche

DoD Works to Better Educate Healthcare Workers on Vaccines

DoD Works to Better Educate Healthcare Workers on Vaccines

By Sgt. 1st Class Kathleen T. Rhem, USA, American Forces Press Service.

Washington D.C. -- (AFPS) November 5, 2001 -- Military allergy and immunization specialists have worked hard to educate healthcare providers on vaccine safety. But in light of rising bioterrorism concerns, they've ratcheted up their efforts.

Army Dr. (Col.) Renata Engler is the medical director of the Vaccine Healthcare Center Network, which recently opened its first center here at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She explained that vaccines are tools to protect DoD's members, but they also need to be afforded the same care, respect and safety precautions given other prescription medicines.

DoD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta became partners this summer to provide a network of clearinghouses for information on vaccine safety and procedures throughout DoD.

The new initiative was in response to "the growing challenges that have arisen in the context of immunization healthcare," Engler said, particularly concerning the public controversies surrounding immunization safety in general as well as the DoD Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program specifically.

"Knowledgeable resources had to be developed to support the providers and the small outlying immunization clinics who are dealing with the challenges and to support special, complex patient issues that local medical facilities might not be resourced to handle," she said.

Engler said her work has come into a whole new light in the aftermath of Sept. 11 -- the contamination of the mail with anthrax has made the threat of bioterrorism clear to Americans.

She said her organization has been involved in developing plans for possible new or changing vaccination programs for service members.

Any possible use of smallpox vaccine is of particular concern, since America's stockpiles of vaccine for this deadly, disfiguring disease are old and were made with outdated technology, experts have said. Engler and her staff are consulting with various agencies to work up contingency plans in case experts decide there's a need to vaccinate Department of Defense as well as emergency response personnel against smallpox, she said.

"There are some concerns about adverse events related to that vaccine," Engler said. "We've gotten busier faster than we wanted to in response to new bioterrorism threats that are arising." But this is why the organization was created in the first place.

"The Vaccine Healthcare Center is really a resource to address the need for outreach education in this rapidly changing world of immunization challenges," Engler said. "We need to do everything we can to give the right shot to the right person at the right time in the right way."

She said service members 20 years ago received "a handful" of vaccines, but now routinely take more than 50 shots during their careers. And another 30 vaccines are at various stages of the developmental pipeline and may be introduced into the immunization requirements over the next five years.

Adverse reactions and drug reactions occur in 1 percent to 2 percent of people with any drug, Engler said. That small percentage, she noted, can mean big problems in a large enough population.

"That's 20,000 to 40,000 people in a population of 2 million," she said. "Improving our understanding of rare adverse events would enhance vaccine safety surveillance and lead to higher quality immunization healthcare delivery overall."

The Vaccine Healthcare Center Initiative began in September and is scheduled to expand to include several regional centers in the future. Several more are set to open in regional DoD medical centers in the United States in 2002, leading up to a total of 15 regional centers by 2006, Engler said.

"These vaccine healthcare centers would work as a network to share information, not just internally but with the Food and Drug Administration, CDC, and the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, too, as questions arise surrounding a vaccine," she said.


Derniers articles

Verdun 2016 : La légende de la « tranchée des baïonnettes »
Eyes in the Dark: Navy Dive Helmet Display Emerges as Game-Changer
OIR Official: Captured Info Describes ISIL Operations in Manbij
Cyber, Space, Middle East Join Nuclear Triad Topics at Deterrence Meeting
Carter Opens Second DoD Innovation Hub in Boston
Triomphe de St-Cyr : le Vietnam sur les rangs
Dwight D. Eisenhower Conducts First OIR Missions from Arabian Gulf
L’amiral Prazuck prend la manœuvre de la Marine
Airmen Practice Rescuing Downed Pilots in Pacific Thunder 16-2
On ne lutte pas contre les moustiques avec une Kalachnikov...
Enemy Mine: Underwater Drones Hunt Buried Targets, Save Lives
Daesh Publications Are Translated Into Eleven Languages
Opération Chammal : 10 000 heures de vol en opération pour les Mirage 2000 basés en Jordanie
Le Drian : Daech : une réponse à plusieurs niveaux
Carter: Defense Ministers Agree on Next Steps in Counter-ISIL Fight
Carter Convenes Counter-ISIL Coalition Meeting at Andrews
Carter Welcomes France’s Increased Counter-ISIL Support
100-Plus Aircraft Fly in for Exercise Red Flag 16-3
Growlers Soar With B-1s Around Ellsworth AFB
A-10s Deploy to Slovakia for Cross-Border Training
We Don’t Fight Against Mosquitoes With a Kalashnikov
Bug-Hunting Computers to Compete in DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge
Chiefs of US and Chinese Navies Agree on Need for Cooperation
DoD Cyber Strategy Defines How Officials Discern Cyber Incidents from Armed Attacks
Vice Adm. Tighe Takes Charge of Information Warfare, Naval Intelligence
Truman Strike Group Completes Eight-Month Deployment
KC-46 Completes Milestone by Refueling Fighter Jet, Cargo Plane
Air Dominance and the Critical Role of Fifth Generation Fighters
Une nation est une âme
The Challenges of Ungoverned Spaces
Carter Salutes Iraqi Forces, Announces 560 U.S. Troops to Deploy to Iraq
Obama: U.S. Commitment to European Security is Unwavering in Pivotal Time for NATO
International Court to Decide Sovereignty Issue in South China Sea
La SPA 75 est centenaire !
U.S. to Deploy THAAD Missile Battery to South Korea
Maintien en condition des matériels : reprendre l’initiative
La veste « léopard », premier uniforme militaire de camouflage
Océan Indien 2016 : Opérations & Coopération
Truman Transits Strait of Gibraltar
Navy Unveils National Museum of the American Sailor
New Navy, Old Tar
Marcel Dassault parrain de la nouvelle promotion d’officiers de l’École de l’Air
RIMPAC 2016 : Ravitaillement à la mer pour le Prairial avant l’arrivée à Hawaii
Bataille de la Somme, l’oubliée
U.S., Iceland Sign Security Cooperation Agreement
Cléopatra : la frégate Jean Bart entre dans l’histoire du BPC Gamal Abdel Nasser
Surveiller l’espace maritime français aussi par satellite
America's Navy-Marine Corps Team Fuse for RIMPAC 2016
Stratégie France : Plaidoyer pour une véritable coopération franco-allemande
La lumière du Droit rayonne au bout du chemin

Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).