IMMUNIZATIONS

Many of the overseas countries/areas we visit request immunizations.  Please be sure to obtain the below immunizations prior to your arrival to CAPSTONE.  There will be a doctor or nurse on each OCONUS trip.

Obtain vaccinations prior to your course start date. Most vaccines require a minimum of two weeks to achieve a desired effect and Hepatitis A and B require multiple doses.

Provided by NDU:  

-Malaria chemoprophylaxis, if required, will be prescribed by the NDU Command Surgeon and hand-delivered to Capstone Fellows on the day of departure for the overseas field studies.

-Sleep medication (Ambien) will not be prescribed by the NDU Command Surgeon.  If Capstone Fellows anticipate that they will require sleep medications to help them adjust to a new time-schedule, we recommend that they discuss and obtain those medications from their primary medical provider.  Historically, a prescription of 10 to 12 doses of Ambien (5mg or 10 mg) has been prescribed to Capstone Fellows traveling to EUCOM, AFRICOM, CENTCOM, or PACOM.  No Ambien has been prescribed for Capstone Fellows traveling within the Western Hemisphere.

-If you think you will need sleep medication, Bonnie Swanson has documentation from the NDU Health Directorate that can be provided to you to provide to your primary medical provider.  Send a request to swansonb@ndu.edu for that letter.

Class 17-4 requirements
All trips:  
•Malaria Prophylaxis and self-treatment travel medications (e.g. traveler’s diarrhea) will be provided by NDU
•bring your own insect repellent and sunscreen
bring 5 weeks worth of any personal medications

Pacific
REQUIRED BY HOST COUNTRY:  NONE
REQUIRED BY DOD:  Hepatitis A (two-shot series), Typhoid, Influenza, Hepatitis B (three-shot series), Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR), Polio, Meningococcal Meningitis, Tetanus (Td or Tdap within 10 years), Pneumococcal (adults over 65 or those with chronic disease or compromising conditions), Varicella (vaccine or evidence of immunity).  ***Japanese Encephalitis not required unless 30 days or longer in country***

WHEM 
REQUIRED BY HOST COUNTRY:  YELLOW FEVER

REQUIRED BY DOD  Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A (two-shot series), Typhoid, Influenza, Hepatitis B (three-shot series), Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR), Polio, Tetanus (Td or Tdap within 10 years), Pneumococcal (adults over 65 or those with chronic disease or compromising conditions), Varicella (vaccine or evidence of immunity).


Europe

REQUIRED BY HOST COUNTRY: NONE

REQUIRED BY DOD:  Hepatitis A (two-shot series), Typhoid, Influenza, Hepatitis B (three-shot series), Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR), Polio, Tetanus (Td or Tdap within 10 years), Pneumococcal (adults over 65 or those with chronic disease or compromising conditions), Varicella (vaccine or evidence of immunity).   

RECOMMENDED BY DOD:  Meningococcal Meningitis



*Note on Required DOD Vaccines:

Medical sources recommend these vaccinations if staying in a country for “prolonged periods” of longer than 2 weeks. Given CAPSTONE’s extremely short period of exposure within these countries, vaccination is recommended but will not prevent entry.  

 ** Questions concerning the immunizations can be referred to the NDU Physician’s office at 202-685-4750 **