Immunization

2017 Childhood /Teen Immunization Schedulebaby_dancing_with_doctor_cs2

An AAP policy statement describing the 2017 recommended immunization schedules for children and adolescents will be published in the March 2017 issue of Pediatrics (published online Feb. 6). The updated schedules include a few revisions from 2016, including the availability of a two-dose immunization for human papillomavirus (HPV) for children who begin the series before their 15th birthday.
The schedule continues to recommend that teens age 15 and older receive three doses of the HPV vaccine. The 2017 schedule has eliminated a reference to the live attenuated influenza vaccine (the nasal spray vaccine), after studies showed poor effectiveness for the last 3 influenza seasons.  READ MORE

Improvement in Teen Vaccination Rates

Immunization is a key preventive cornerstone of pediatric care but efforts often fall short with adolescents. Adolescents are less likely than younger children to receive all the recommended vaccines, threatening their long-term health. Two new AAP clinical reports, “The Need to Optimize Adolescent Immunization” and “Practical Approaches to Optimize Adolescent Immunization,” will be published in the March 2017 issue of Pediatrics (published online 5 p.m. ET Monday, Feb. 6). The publication of the two reports coincides with newly updated immunization schedules for children and adolescents, which are revised every February. The schedules are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  READ MORE

ChildVaccination Across Americaimmunizations_infographic_map

Routine childhood immunizations are vital to individual and society health. Across the United States, immunization rates vary, and as a result, some communities have experienced preventable disease outbreaks.

Higher immunization rates protect vulnerable children who are too young to be vaccinated as well as those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. READ MORE

 


 

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