AAP policy statement discusses recommended immunizations

1. The 2018 version of the Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule has been published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and approved by several national medical organizations.

2. No major changes have been made from the 2017 version of this schedule to the version published today.

3. Several clarifications to footnotes have been made and additional references for special circumstances have been added.

Policy Rundown: In a policy statement released today, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) addresses the 2018 schedule of recommended childhood and adolescent immunizations. The 2018 schedule was recently approved by the AAP, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The recommended vaccination schedule is revised annually. Although there have been minor wording changes, small clarifications in catch-up guidelines and additional information placed in footnotes, no major changes have been made from the 2017 schedule to the 2018 schedule. Additional information includes a table of vaccine types, abbreviations, and brand names, as well as information about administering live vaccines to HIV-infected children. Of note, the footnotes throughout the document have been streamlined and simplified. The full schedule, as well as supplemental information can be found at the following links:

American Academy of Pediatrics Red Book

Centers for Disease Control

Click to read the policy statement published in Pediatrics today

Relevant Reading: Immunizations: Vaccination in General

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