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Medical Material Quality Control Message


Message Number: MMQC-18-1787
Released On: 07-JUN-18
Message Class: Informational
Material Type: Vaccine
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Suspension of FORSCOM Mandatory Adult Routine Immunizations for Anthrax/Smallpox Vaccines

Reason / Information:

Informational / Vaccine / EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY / Department of the Army issued a Memorandum dated 4 June 2018, halting the Anthrax and Smallpox vaccinations from the FORSCOM Mandatory routine adult immunization medical readiness.

Disposition / Instructions:


Effective immediately, Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs) are to suspend mandatory administration of the Anthrax and/or Smallpox vaccination that is NOT in compliance with the current Deputy Secretary of Defense (DSD) memorandum dated, November 12, 2015. All other guidance is prohibited unless authorized by an approved Exception to Policy (ETP) from the DSD Office. Further guidance will be provided, identifying the guidelines for the ETP.

Any approval requests for the expanded administration of these vaccines must be submitted through the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army - Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASA (M&RA)) for approval.

Typhoid Vaccine administration will continue per the FORSCOM guidance, dated March 5, 2018.

POC for this message is COL Scott Frazier, Assistant Deputy, Medical & Health Affairs at (703) 695-4402 or email:

NOTE: See Image on Message under Additional Documentation/Attachment for enclosed referenced documents.

Service/Additional Instructions:


MTFs that may have excess Anthrax and/or Smallpox vaccine, please contact the United States Army Medical Materiel Agency, Distribution Operations Center (USAMMA DOC) for guidance to relocate or cross level the excess vaccines with current requests received at USAMMA DOC for deployment.

USAMMA DOC requests that MTFs DO NOT relocate or redistribute excess Anthrax or Smallpox vaccine without prior coordination from our office. USAMMA DOC Point of contact (POC) information is listed below.

POC Contact Information:

USAMMA - Distribution Operations Center:
Phone (COMM): 301-619-4318
Phone (DSN): 343-4318
Fax: 301-619-4468

Additional Message Recipients:

Please ensure dissemination of this information to the following:

Command Channels
Immunization Clinics
Medical Log Officers
Medical Staff
Pharmacy Officers
Supply Officers
Supported Activities/Centers
Vaccince Shot Teams

Message Dissemination Authorization

AF Activities Will Take Action As Prescribed In AFI 41-209, Medical Logistics Support, Chapter 3. For MACOMS & NGB--This Msg Has Been Transmitted To All Designated Subordinate Medical Activities.

See Army Regulation (AR) 40-61, 28 January 2005, Chapter 4, and The Department Of The Army Supply Bulletin (SB 8-75-11) For Applicable Policies and Procedures.

DODD 5105.22 and DODD 6025.13

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