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Issue Number 502            January 7, 2005

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. CDC, AAP, and AAFP release the Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule for 2005

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January 7, 2005
CDC, AAP, AND AAFP RELEASE THE RECOMMENDED CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENT IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE FOR 2005

CDC, AAP, and AAFP have endorsed and jointly released the Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule--United States, 2005. On January 7, CDC published the 2005 schedule as an MMWR QuickGuide; a portion of the text is reprinted below. AAP published an article about the 2005 schedule in the January 2005 issue of Pediatrics. A portion of the article is reprinted at the end of this IAC EXPRESS Extra Edition.

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FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION:

Harmonized Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule, 2005

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) periodically reviews the recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedule to ensure that the schedule is current with changes in vaccine formulations and reflects revised recommendations for the use of licensed vaccines, including those newly licensed. Recommendations and format of the childhood and adolescent immunization schedule for July-December 2004 were approved by ACIP, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and were published in April 2004. That schedule updated previous ones by adding the recommendation that, beginning in fall 2004, healthy children aged 6-23 months, as well as household contacts and out-of-home caregivers for healthy children aged 0-23 months, receive annual influenza vaccine.

The childhood and adolescent immunization schedule for 2005 is unchanged from that published in April 2004. In addition, the catch-up immunization schedule for children and adolescents who start late or who are >1 month behind remains unchanged from that published in January 2004 and again in April 2004. The childhood and adolescent immunization schedule and the catch-up immunization schedule for 2005 have been approved by ACIP, AAFP, and AAP.

Vaccine Information Statements

The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act requires that all health-care providers provide parents or patients with copies of Vaccine Information Statements before administering each dose of the vaccines listed in the schedule. Additional information is available from state health departments and at http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/vis

Detailed recommendations for using vaccines are available from package inserts, ACIP statements on specific vaccines, and the 2003 Red Book. ACIP statements for each recommended childhood vaccine can be viewed, downloaded, and printed from the CDC National Immunization Program website at http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/acip-list.htm In addition, guidance on obtaining and completing a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System form is available at http://www.vaers.org or by telephone, (800) 822-7967.

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To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete MMWR article, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5351-Immunizationa1.htm

To access a ready-to-copy (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/wk/mm5351-Immunization.pdf

To access a two-page or a four-page ready-to-print (PDF) version of the Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule--United States, 2005, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/recs/child-schedule.htm#Printable


FROM THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS:

In the January 2005 issue of Pediatrics, AAP published Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule: United States, 2005 as a policy statement from its Committee on Infectious Diseases. A portion of the article is printed below.

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The annual recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedule of 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 is issued for 2005.

Licensure applications have been submitted to the Food and Drug Administration for a conjugate meningococcal vaccine and 2 new preparations of diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine. The American Academy of Pediatrics is considering recommendations for use of these vaccines in adolescents. If new recommendations emerge, a midyear schedule will be released.

Clinically significant adverse events that follow immunization should be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Guidance about how to obtain and complete a VAERS form can be obtained on the Internet at www.vaers.org or by calling (800) 822-7967. Information on new vaccine releases, vaccine supplies, and statements on specific vaccines can be found at www.aap.org and www.cdc.gov/nip Vaccine-related updates are available online at www.aapredbook.org

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To access the complete Pediatrics article, go to:
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/115/1/182   

 

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