Friday, February 4, 2011

Fact Friday: AAP Issues 2011 Immunization Schedules

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued its recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedules for 2011. Click on this link for full article and schedules.

Published in the February 2011 issue of Pediatrics (published online Feb. 1), the new schedules include guidance on administering hepatitis B vaccine to children who do not receive the recommended birth dose. They also include new information on the use of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, which replaced the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.

In response to recent pertussis outbreaks nationally, guidance has been provided for a dose of Tdap in 7- to 10-year-old children who are not adequately immunized against pertussis.

In order to ensure that adolescents are protected throughout the greatest period of risk for meningococcal disease, guidance has been provided for a booster dose of the conjugated meningococcal vaccine.

The schedules have been approved by the AAP, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Family Physicians

**Info from AAP.ORG

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