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Medical News & Perspectives
December 17, 2008

CDC Panel Recommends Vaccine for Smokers; Reviews HPV Safety Data

JAMA. 2008;300(23):2713-2714. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.776

All smokers should receive the pneumococcal vaccine, advisors to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended in October. It is the first time smokers have ever been targeted for vaccination.

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that all smokers aged 19 years through 64 years be vaccinated with the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine. Additionally, the panel urged that physicians offer cessation therapies along with the vaccine. Typically, the CDC follows the committee's recommendations.

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