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September 1989

Recommendations of the Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (ACIP) General Recommendations on Immunization

Am J Dis Child. 1989;143(9):1013-1019. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1989.02150210037014

THIS REVISION OF the "General Recommendations on Immunization" updates the 1983 statement.1 Changes or new sections include 1) listing of vaccines available in the United States by type and recommended routes, 2) updated schedules for immunizing infants and children, 3) clarification of the guidelines for spacing administration of immune globulin preparations and different vaccines, 4) an updated table of recommendations for routine immunization of children infected with human immunodeficiency virus, 5) listing of conditions that are often inappropriately considered contraindications to immunization, and 6) addition of information on the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 and the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. These recommendations are not comprehensive for each vaccine; Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (ACIP) recommendations on each vaccine should be consulted for more details.

INTRODUCTION  Recommendations for immunizing infants, children, and adults are based on characteristics of immunobiologics, scientific knowledge about the principles of active and passive

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