Updated 2012 childhood vaccination schedules released

AAP: Childhood Vaccination Schedules Approved for 2012
AAP: Childhood Vaccination Schedules Approved for 2012

HealthDay News -- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released the updated 2012 recommended childhood and adolescent vaccination schedules in a policy statement published in the February issue of Pediatrics.

The 2012 recommendations provide three immunization schedules and accompanying footnotes: one for children ages 0 to 6 years, one for children ages 7 to 18 years, and one for those who start late or fall more than one month behind schedule.

"Providers are advised to use all three schedules and their respective footnotes together, not as stand-alone schedules. These schedules are revised annually to reflect current recommendations for the use of vaccines licensed by the FDA," Michael T. Brady, MD, chairperson of the AAP's Committee on Infectious Diseases and colleagues wrote.

The 2012 recommendations include clarification for administering hepatitis B vaccine and immune globulin, as well as tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine. Guidance has been added in several areas including: use of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine in infants ages 6 to 11 months who are traveling internationally; administration of meningococcal vaccine to children at increased risk and routine administration of a booster dose; and for use of Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine in the catch-up schedule.

Additionally several footnotes have been updated to clarify influenza vaccine dosing; emphasize administration of the second dose of hepatitis A vaccine; include routine recommendations for vaccination of males with quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine; and note that inactivated polio vaccine is not recommended for US residents aged 18 years or older.

The full policy statement is available, here.

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