Vaccination Policy in Korean Armed Forces: Current Status and Future Challenge.

Vaccination Policy in Korean Armed Forces: Current Status and Future Challenge. J Korean Med Sci. 2015 Apr;30(4):353-359 Authors: Heo JY, Choe KW, Yoon CG, Jeong HW, Kim WJ, Cheong HJ Abstract Infectious diseases have historically resulted in suspended or cancelled military operations. Vaccination for disease prevention is a critical component of the military's force readiness doctrine. Until recently, Korea had not recognized the importance of vaccinating military personnel. However, a 2011 meningococcal disease outbreak at an army recruit training center led to dramatic changes in the paradigm of traditional medical practice in the Korean armed forces. A new vaccination policy was formed by a 2012 Military Healthcare Service Act. Since then, Neisseria meningitidis, hepatitis A, and measles-mumps-rubella vaccines have been routinely administered to all new recruits early in basic training to ensure protection against these diseases. All active-duty soldiers also receive seasonal influenza vaccination annually. Despite quantitative improvements in vaccination policies, several instances of major infectious diseases and adverse vaccine reactions have threatened soldier health. In the future, vaccination policies in the Korean armed forces should be based on epidemiologic data and military medical research for vaccine use and safety management. PMID: 25829800 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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