ACP Endorses CDC's Adult Immunization Schedule

Publication of updated recommendations will help physicians meet adult patients' vaccination needs

FRIDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The American College of Physicians (ACP) has endorsed the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's adult immunization schedule for 2007-2008, according to an article published online Oct. 18 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which is publishing the recommendations for the first time.

Sandra Fryhofer, M.D., an Atlanta-based member of the ACP Adult Immunization Advisory Board, said in a statement that physicians should know of these updated provisions so they can better meet patient needs.

New recommendations include varicella vaccinations for all adults with no evidence of immunity to varicella, and zoster vaccinations for all adults aged 60 and over, including those who have had prior episodes of shingles.

Nearly 50,000 Americans -- 99 percent of them adults -- die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases, note the authors of an accompanying editorial. Although they caution that it will take time for adult immunization to achieve the same level of success as the U.S. childhood immunization program, they call the ACP's endorsement of the CDC guidelines "an important step."

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