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CLINICAL PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

RECRUIT STREPTOCOCCAL INFECTION PREVENTION PROGRAM

Group A streptococcal infections continue to be a significant cause of lost training days among naval recruits. Streptococcal infections have the potential to cause severe, life threatening conditions and can significantly delay recruits’ training.

Since the 1960's, a program of group A streptococcal disease surveillance and penicillin prophylaxis has contributed to the control of streptococcal infection and its sequelae among naval recruits. BUMEDINST 6220.8B provides policy and guidelines for streptococcal disease surveillance and the use of antibiotic prophylaxis to control group A streptococcal infections among naval recruits and trainees at other high density schools and training environments.

Policy and Guidance