Newly Updated! CDC’s 2014 Immunization Schedules and IAC’s Easy-to-Use Summaries

February 2014

Technically Speaking
Monthly Column by Deborah Wexler, MD
Deborah Wexler MD
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Newly Updated! CDC’s 2014 Immunization Schedules and IAC’s Easy-to-Use Summaries
Published February 2014
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
At the beginning of each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with professional societies, releases updated versions of the recommended U.S. immunization schedules for children and teens as well as for adults. These updated schedules reflect changes that were made in vaccination recommendations during the previous year.
Immunization Schedules for People Age 0–18 Years
Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years, U.S., 2014. This six-page schedule, which was published on the CDC website on January 31, 2014 includes the age-based routine vaccination schedule for children and teens and the approved catch-up immunization schedule for people age 4 months through 18 years who start vaccination late or who are more than one month behind. The schedule also includes three pages of essential explanatory footnotes. An article in the February 7 MMWR provides a summary of these changes.
Immunization Schedules for Adults 19 Years and Older
Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years and Older, U.S., 2014. Released by CDC on February 3, this five-page schedule for adult vaccination provides recommendations by age group as well as by medical condition, two pages of essential footnotes, and a final page summarizing the contraindications and precautions for adult vaccine use. An article in the February 7 MMWR summarizes the changes to the adult guidance.
Several additional formats of the schedules, including patient-friendly versions, are available on the CDC website.
IAC’s Easy-to-Use Summaries
To make your job easier, the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has designed two user-friendly documents that summarize the guidance contained in the current CDC/ACIP recommendations.
Summary of Recommendations for Child/Teen Immunization
Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization
These summaries distill the ACIP recommendations for child, teen and adult immunization into two easy-to-use documents. Each summary includes the routine schedule, spacing between doses, schedules for catch-up vaccination, routes of administration, and contraindications and precautions for all routinely recommended vaccines in the United States.
These summaries of the recommendations have long proved their value — for almost two decades, they have been top downloads from IAC’s website for busy healthcare professionals. They have been reprinted in textbooks and state health department newsletters and distributed at countless medical, nursing and public health conferences. Print the summaries on card stock and place them in every exam room for easy reference — you’ll be glad you did!
In addition, IAC has developed the following specialized recommendation summaries for situations that providers often find confusing:
Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Recommendations
Meningococcal Vaccination Recommendations by Age and/or Risk Factor
Pneumococcal Vaccination Recommendations for Children and Adults by Age and/or Risk Factor
Recommendations for Pneumococcal Vaccine Use in Children and Teens
Before You Vaccinate Adults, Consider Their “H-A-L-O”!
You can access these and more than 250 other ready-to-copy IAC materials for healthcare professionals and patients on the IAC website.


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