CDC Adds COVID-19 Vaccines To Routine Immunization Schedules For Children, Adults

CNN (2/9) reports “Covid-19 shots are included in new schedules of routinely recommended vaccines released by the” CDC Thursday. These “immunization schedules summarize current vaccine recommendations for children, adolescents and adults, but do not set vaccine requirements for schools or workplaces.” Key updates “to the schedules, published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Thursday, include the addition of Covid-19 primary vaccine series and recommendations on booster dose vaccination; updated guidance on influenza and pneumococcal vaccines; and new vaccines for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) and for hepatitis B.” American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases Vice Chair Sean O’Leary, MD, MPH, said, “These schedules provide a roadmap parents and pediatricians can follow to help children get the vaccines they need so their immune systems will be ready to recognize and resist diseases.”

Medscape (2/9, Subscription Publication) reports the AAP “said it supports the Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule: United States, 2023.” In a policy statement, “the AAP said the updated recommendations do not include major changes from those released last year by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).” O’Leary said, “We hope this annual update will encourage clinicians to make sure all their patients are up to date on their routine vaccinations.”

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