Health Groups Release 2012 Immunization Schedules

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Megan Moriarty
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 6052

LEAWOOD, Kan. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ 2012 adult, adolescent and childhood immunization schedules include new recommendations concerning routine HPV vaccination for males.

The ACIP now recommends that all males aged 11- or 12-years of age receive the HPV vaccine in a three-dose series; the series can start as early as 9-years of age. Catch-up vaccinations are recommended for males aged 13 to 21.

In addition to the changes in the HPV vaccine, new recommendations for 2012 include:

  • Adults younger than age 60 who have diabetes should be vaccinated against Hepatitis B for 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 meningococcal vaccine can now be given to children as young as 9 months if they are residents or travelers to countries with epidemic disease, or at increased risk of developing meningococcal disease. Routine immunization with the meningococcal vaccine should begin at 11 through 12 years with a booster dose administered at 16-years of age.
  • For children aged 6 months to 8 years, the influenza vaccine should be administered in two doses for those who did not receive at least one dose of the vaccine in 2010 – 11. Children who received one dose last season require one dose for the 2011 – 12 influenza season.
  • Mothers should receive the tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) booster that is designed to protect infants from pertusiss 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.

The ACIP annually reviews the recommended immunization schedules to ensure that they best reflect current recommendations for the licensed vaccines. The ACIP produced the adult immunization schedule in conjunction with the American Academy of Family Physicians the American College of Physicians, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and the childhood and adolescent schedule in conjunction with the AAFP and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The 2012 adult immunization schedule can be found here. The 2012 childhood immunization schedule can be found here, the 2012 adolescent immunization schedule can be found here (4 page PDF)and the 2012 childhood and adolescent catch-up schedule can be found here.(4 page PDF)

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