Friday, January 9, 2009

New Recommendation of Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedules

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Family Physicians approved new recommendations of childhood and adolescent immunization schedules. For children 6 months through 18 years of age it is recommended to have annual influenza vaccine administration. All eligible close contacts of children 0 through 59 months of age should also receive influenza vaccine, as should contacts of children 5 through 18 years of age who have an underlying medical condition predisposing them to complications of influenza.
Another new recommendation is a harmonization of the dosing schedules for the 2 licensed rotavirus vaccines. The first dose of either vaccine should be administered at 6 weeks through 14 weeks 6 days of age, and the final dose by 8 months 0 days of age. Immunization should not be started for infants 15 weeks 0 days of age or older.
(Pediatrics. 2009;123;189–190)

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