Thursday, February 7, 2013

Immunization recommendations

Each year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) develops recommendations for routine use of vaccines in children, adolescents, and adults in the US. This year, for the first time, recommended immunization schedules for children and adolescents up to age 18 and adults age 19 and older are being published together. Updated schedules are available at

The MMWR for children and adolescent immunization schedules is available at

The MMWR for adult immunization schedules is available at

Adult vaccination is critical to public health. Far too few adults are fully vaccinated, leaving themselves and others at risk of vaccine preventable diseases, including pneumococcal disease, whooping cough, and shingles.

US CDC has issued an MMWR describing the status of vaccination of US adults in 2011. For more information, read the MMWR at

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