“General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization”—Everything CDC Wants You to Know about the Practical Aspects of Vaccination

June 2017

Technically Speaking
Monthly Column by Deborah Wexler, MD
Deborah Wexler MD
Technically Speaking is a monthly column written by IAC’s Executive Director Deborah Wexler, MD. The column is featured in The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center’s (VEC’s) monthly e-newsletter for healthcare professionals. Technically Speaking columns cover practical topics in immunization delivery such as needle length, vaccine administration, cold chain, and immunization schedules.
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“General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization” – Everything CDC Wants You to Know about the Practical Aspects of Vaccination
Published June 2017
Information presented in this article may have changed since the original publication date. For the most current immunization recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, visit www.immunize.org/acip/acip_vax.asp.

On April 20, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released “General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization: Best Practices Guidance of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)” as an online only publication. It is also accessible in HTML format. This new guidance document replaces ACIP’s General Recommendations on Immunization, which was last published in 2011 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

“General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization” goes deep into the “how-to” issues of providing vaccination services, with much more detailed information than is available in the vaccine-specific recommendations published by ACIP.

The updated ACIP guidance is intended to help vaccination providers become adept at multiple aspects of vaccine delivery, and includes chapters/sections on the following:

By releasing “General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization” as an online-only publication, CDC will be able to update the guidance more quickly, giving vaccination providers the most up-to-date information on vaccination practice issues.

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Continuing education (CE) credit is available for reading “General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization.”

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