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2013 Schedule Includes Changes to Tdap, Pneumococcal, and
Flu Vaccine Recommendations
Philadelphia, January 29, 2012 - The Center for Disease Control
and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
(ACIP) announced its recommended
2013 adult immunization schedule that includes important
updates to the pneumococcal, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and
acellular pertussis), and influenza vaccines. Because current
vaccination rates are low, ACIP also urges health care providers to
regularly assess patient vaccination histories and implement
intervention strategies to increase adherence. This recommendation
will be published in Annals of Internal Medicine, the
flagship journal of the American College of Physicians (ACP).
For the first time, information on the use of 13-valent
pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) was added to the schedule.
PCV13 should be used with the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide
vaccine (PPSV23) for immunocompromised adults, or those with
diseases such as HIV, cancer, or advanced kidney disease. The
schedule includes information on timing the administration of the
vaccines and also clarifies which adults would need one or two
doses of PPSV23 before the age of 65.
Recommendations for the Tdap vaccine have expanded to include
routine vaccination of adults aged 65 or older and for pregnant
women to receive Tdap vaccine with each pregnancy. The ideal timing
of Tdap vaccination during pregnancy is in the third trimester,
between 27 and 36 weeks gestation. This recommendation was made to
safeguard the pregnant woman and her baby, as protective maternal
antibodies will pass to the fetus. Infants are too young for the
vaccination but are at the highest risk for severe illness or death
All patients aged 6 months and over should continue to be
vaccinated against influenza. Mild 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. The
U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a quadrivalent
influenza vaccine that contains two influenza A and two influenza B
virus strains to increase the likelihood that the vaccine provides
cross-reactive antibody against a higher proportion of circulating
influenza B viruses.
The ACIP is comprised of 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
The full 2013 Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule, including
information about other recommended vaccines and changes to the
footnotes, can be viewed at www.annals.org.
About Annals of Internal MedicineAnnals of Internal Medicine is one of the five most widely
cited peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, with a current
impact factor of 16.7. The journal has been published for 85 years.
It accepts only 7 percent of the original research studies
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About the American College of Physicians
The American College of Physicians is the largest
medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician
group in the United States. ACP members include 133,000 internal
medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and
medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who
apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis,
treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum
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