immunizations - need definitive list

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  1. rkv

    rkv Member

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    I've been trying to find a definitive list of the vaccines which are needed before I-day. So as to avoid too many shots needing to be administered at that time. However, I have not been able to find anything on USAFA website. I have found a form at usafa.edu for the prep school. Could we rely on that to be identical to the requirements for new appointees to the Academy?

    My reason for not wanting to wait until one has received an appointment, is that some of the vaccinations (Hepatitis A and B) must be spaced over five or six months. Additionally some (Polio and Tuberculosis) must be administered in the six months prior to entry. So now would be a good time to get started.

    Does anyone have a link for an official source, or can provide a list from last year's Appointee Kit?
     
  2. Pima

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    Is your child home schooled? If not than they should be fine because the school would have on record their shots, and send you a notification of needing a booster.
    ~ DoDMERB exam should have also nailed him if he is missing any shots.

    Now, to be honest, either way if they don't have them they will need to get them because colleges will also request the same vaccinations for enrollment.

    The vaccinations that they may not have had, but might be requested would be H1N1 and monococcal.

    PS. my kids got their HepA/B shots when they were very young. Schools made it mandatory. I think the only thing besides the monococall was a tetanus booster.
     
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    Here is the list that the 2016’ers received. I can’t imagine that it changes any from year to year.
     

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  4. rkv

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    make sure your DS takes the immunization record that will be accepted by the AFA. Typically, in the military, to include AFA, no record, it didn't happen.
     
  6. USAFretired1996

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    rkv, just to clarify, that list is not from last year. My son is a senior this year and that list was provided in his appointment package in 2012.
     
  7. afmom2020

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    My DD did the vaccinations last year and all of the ones on the list she had done for school. The only one she didn't have is the Hep vaccine.

    With Hep, they are only required to have 1 Dose. The other one will be done at USAFA.
     
  8. skismuggs

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    They will give you a list of vaccines to get. They will give it on I-day or that time if your cadet didn't get them. Make sure you have her bring multiple copies of the vaccine records on I-day because sometimes they do not have the updated ones.
     
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    If i remember correctly it is on the portal. I remember seeing a check list when DS was finishing up info online after he was accepted. It was the was in Jan so there was still plenty of time to get the one he still needed before I day
     
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    I'm new to this forum. I hope I'm using the right thread for this question, but it seems related. We're trying to get the required polio vaccine for my daughter, who received her appointment in January. We've printed out the prescription provided by USAFA, but so far, my daughter's pediatrician, the local health department, and another physician have refused to give her the vaccine since she is "up to date." Any ideas?
     
  11. afmom2020

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    Have you called the doctor that did the DODMERB for her? He might do it.
     
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    Yes, and he also refused. We are going to call the USAFA Immunization Clinic. I'll post what we find out, in case others run into this problem. Thank you for the suggestion!
     
  13. Capri120

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    As mentioned above, what is not given before I-day (or have proof of vaccination), will be administered on I-day. The good thing about the polio vaccine is that it is oral, not an injection.
    I'm surprised doctors and clinics are refusing to provide this when presented with the USAFA requirements and verification form.
     
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    Could they be refusing to provide it because it's already been given? You stated the reason they gave was since she was already "up to date". To me, that means she's already had it...
     
  15. Capri120

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    Unfortunately, whether up-to-date or not per the physicians, the immunization record on the portal specifically states, "must be done/repeated WITHIN 6 MONTHS of admission*"
    "*NOTE: Air Force requires all members to be given an adult dose of polio within 6 months of admission, regardless whether or not you had a full series as a child."
    If the physician/clinic still refuses after seeing this, not sure what else you can do other than find someone who will.
     
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    Another "reason" they may be refusing to give a polio vaccine could be that medical insurance will not cover it.
    I noticed on my policy that polio is covered for "children" (not sure the legal definition for this one) but is not covered for "adults". So, I am fairly sure I will be paying out-of-pocket for this one, depending on how the doctor's office codes it.
    TB Test is also not covered under my insurance, so I will be paying for this as well. However, most county health centers can/will do the TB test for $10 or so, if costs is to prohibitive.
     
  17. skismuggs

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    Nobody uses oral polio vaccine anymore. At least not in the last 10 years. I am in med-peds. I also questioned that 5th dose when my cadet had to get it because the AAP only recommends 4 IPVs. I just had my cadet get the extra one to avoid problems during I-day. Try the local health center in town. I know some peds feel uncomfortable about giving this extra shot.
     
  18. newcadetmom

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    My daughter's last polio vaccine was 2003. She is up to date according to her pediatrician's shot records, but not according to USAFA's requirement. (Within six months of admission). She called USAFA's immunization clinic and was told that others have had this issue. She was told she can get polio vaccine during in processing if necessary. She is only seventeen, so maybe that is why her pediatrician and our county health department denied her. The doctor who did her DODMERB also refused. We are going to make a few more calls. She doesn't want to arrive at USAFA without the shot if she can help it!
     
  19. Insider

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    The Appointee Kit takes the time constraints into consideration. If an appointee has not already completed the HepA/HepB panels, he or she is only required to get the first in the series before reporting. USAFA will complete the series during his or her freshman year.

    Bottom line is there is no need to get a jump on the immunizations. The Appointee Kit will clearly lay out the immunizations required prior to in-processing, and will automatically adjust when required.

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