The Basics: ACIP Adult Immunization 2013

Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, MD


January 29, 2013

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Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia; Past President, American College of Physicians

Adult Immunization 2013: Changes and Choices for Adults of All Ages

This issue of Staying Well focuses on adult immunization, one of the best ways to stave off disease and stay healthy. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) collates changes in immunization recommendations in its annual update of the children, adolescent, and adult immunization schedules. The schedules for children and adolescents from birth through age 18 are combined in a single document.[1] A separate schedule exists for adults age 19 and older.[1,2] This report highlights key changes and rationale for pertussis, pneumococcal, and influenza vaccination in the adult immunization schedule.

ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices)
Who: 15 voting members selected by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary
Where: Three 2-day meetings each year at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as numerous conference calls
The process: ACIP reviews studies and data and makes recommendations (GRADE process). ACIP recommendations are reviewed by CDC Director and HHS Secretary
Final word: Becomes official CDC policy when published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)