Immunization Schedules for Children, Adolescents Updated

Update includes recommendations on vaccines for hepatitis B, influenza, human papillomavirus

TUESDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics has released its 2011 recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedules, which have been published in the February issue of Pediatrics.

Michael T. Brady, M.D., of The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, and other members of the Committee on Infectious Diseases assembled the annual revision of childhood and adolescent immunization schedules, which reflect current recommendations for the use of vaccines licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The update includes guidance for: the administration of the hepatitis B vaccination for children who did not receive the recommended birth dose; information on use of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine; guidance for dosing of the influenza vaccine based on a child's history of receipt of the monovalent 2009 H1N1 vaccine; information on a booster dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine; a recommendation that children aged 7 to 10 not fully immunized against pertussis receive a single dose of tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis vaccine; guidance on the use of Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine in children aged 5 and older at increased risk; and information on the use of human papillomavirus vaccine.

"The 2011 recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedules have been approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Family Physicians," the authors write.

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