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CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) annually
reviews the recommended Adult Immunization Schedule to ensure that the schedule
reflects current recommendations for the use of licensed vaccines. In June
2004, ACIP approved the Adult Immunization Schedule for October 2004–September
2005. This schedule has also been approved by the American Academy of Family
Physicians and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
The 2004–2005 schedule differs from the previous schedule as follows:
Both figures now provide a separate row for each
vaccine (Figure 1 and Figure 2).
Health-care workers have been added to the figure
that provides immunization recommendations by medical indications and other
conditions (Figure 2).
The special note regarding influenza vaccination
of pregnant women reflects the revised ACIP recommendations that all pregnant
women should receive influenza vaccination regardless of preexisting chronic
Health-care workers were added to the Adult Immunization Schedule in
response to provider requests; this change should facilitate assessment of
the vaccination status of healthcare workers and administration of needed
vaccinations. In 2002, 38.4% of health-care workers reported influenza vaccination,
and 62.3% reported having completed hepatitis B vaccination series (National
Health Interview Survey, CDC, unpublished data, 2003). Influenza vaccination
of health-care workers is an important preventive measure for persons at high
risk for complications from influenza infection. Health-care workers involved
in direct patient care are among the priority groups recommended to receive
influenza vaccination for the 2004–05 influenza season, despite the
The Adult Immunization Schedule is available in English and Spanish
at http://www.cdc.gov/nip/recs/adult-schedule.htm. General information
about adult immunization, including recommendations concerning vaccination
of persons with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other immunosuppressive
conditions, is available from state and local health departments and from
the National Immunization Program at http://www.cdc.gov/nip. Vaccine
information statements are available at http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/vis. ACIP statements for each recommended vaccine can be viewed, downloaded,
and printed from CDC’s National Immunization Program at http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/acip-list.htm. Instructions for reporting adverse events after vaccination to the
Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) are available at http://www.vaers.org or by telephone, 800-822-7967.
References: 2 available
Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule—United States, October 2004–September 2005. JAMA. 2005;293(1):31–34. doi:10.1001/jama.293.1.31