November 10, 1993

Simpler Vaccine Schedules Target More Tykes

JAMA. 1993;270(18):2154. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510180024006

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IN AN effort to get most, if not all, of the 2-year-old children in the United States immunized with all the currently recommended vaccines, childhood immunization schedules are being simplified.

At a regular meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), "we had several discussions about the current childhood immunization schedule, with a view to making it easier to increase coverage in preschool children," says Stephen C. Hadler, MD, chief of the Surveillance, Investigation, and Research Branch of the National Immunization Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga.

The Clinton administration has called for the immunization of 90% of the nation's children under 2 years of age by 1996 with [all] the currently recommended childhood vaccines. This means three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) vaccine, three doses of oral polio vaccine; three doses of Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccine, and one dose of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine