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Among Other Changes, the Adult Schedule and the Children and
Adolescent Schedules Are Designed to be Combined
Philadelphia, February 1, 2012 - The CDC's Advisory Committee on
Immunization Practices (ACIP) now recommends routine HPV
vaccination for males aged 11 to 12 years and catch-up vaccination
for males aged 13 to 21. These are just two of the changes to the
2012 Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule being published
February 1 in Annals of Internal Medicine (www.annals.org), the flagship journal
of the American College of Physicians (ACP).
In addition to the changes in the HPV vaccine, the ACIP now
recommends vaccination against Hepatitis B for adults younger than
age 60 who have diabetes, as soon as possible after diabetes is
diagnosed. Hepatitis B vaccinations should also be given to adults
with diabetes aged 60 years or older based on a patient's need for
assisted blood glucose monitoring, likelihood of acquiring
hepatitis B, and likelihood of immune response to vaccination.
The ACIP is comprised of the ACP and 16 other medical societies
representing various medical practice areas. Each year, the ACIP
reviews the CDC's Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule to ensure
the schedule reflects current clinical recommendations for licensed
vaccines. The recommendations are intended to guide physicians and
other clinicians about the appropriate vaccines for their adult
patients. In October 2010, the ACIP adopted an evidence-based
process that considers quality of evidence, benefits and harms,
values and preferences of affected populations, and economic
impact. Voting to expand routine HPV vaccination to males and
hepatitis B vaccinations to young adult diabetics was the first
exercise of this approach.
Changes were also made to when mothers should receive the
tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) booster that is
designed to protect infants from pertusiss. According to the 2012
schedule, women should receive the vaccine during pregnancy,
preferably after 20 weeks of gestation. Protective maternal
antibodies will pass to the fetus.
Adult patients should continue to be vaccinated against
influenza. Egg allergy is no longer a contraindication, but
patients with an egg allergy should get the inactivated flu shot
because that is what has been studied.
A footnote was added to the schedule directing readers to links
for the full ACIP vaccine recommendations. Specific vaccine
recommendations for travelers also were added. In another new
addition, the schedule now includes a table summarizing precautions
and contraindications for vaccines.
The full 2012 Recommended Adult
Immunization Schedule can be viewed at www.annals.org.
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