AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast

Special Edition: DHA Experts on Immunizations & Pandemic

August 12, 2020

Immunizations are key to staying healthy during this unprecedented time, but there are a lot of questions about them. Does my child need immunizations even if school is virtual this Fall? Is it safe to take my child to the doctor during the pandemic? If I social distance and wear a mask, do I still need to get the flu vaccine? Two experts from the Defense Health Agency (DHA), Immunization Healthcare Division, Lt. Col. (Dr.) Ruth Brenner and Ann Morse, MSN, join us today to guide us through common queries, provide immunization resources and describe how the DHA is supporting Operation Warp Speed to provide a coronavirus vaccine to 300M individuals by January 2021. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at

  • Guests:

    • Lt. Col. (Dr.) Ruth Brenner, USAF, Deputy Chief, Defense Health Agency, Immunization Healthcare Division
    • Ann M Morse MSN, APRN, FNP-BC Immunization Healthcare Division, North-Atlantic Regional Vaccine Safety Hub, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

  • Host: Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness

Family Voices, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to connect Army families to speakers and issues that are important to their everyday lives.


DHA Immunization Healthcare Division
Worldwide Support Center Line: +1-877-438-8222; Option 1. Licensed providers on call 24/7.
Paper (PDF): Recommendations for Mass Immunization Events During Pandemic Conditions
Facebook: @DHAImmunizationHealthcare
Twitter: @dha_ihb

CDC Vaccines & Immunizations

Military Health System
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LinkedIn: @Defense Health Agency

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