August 1, 2007

ACIP Issues New Immunization Recommendations
Samuel Katz, MD, IDSA liaison to ACIP

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, made the following recommendations at its June meeting:

  • Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine for Teens: Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) is back in abundant supply, so vaccination of 11-12 year olds has been resumed. ACIP now recommends giving the vaccine to all persons aged 11-18 years. So far, 7.5 million doses have been distributed. An estimated 1,400 to 2,800 cases of meningococcal disease occur in the U.S. annually, with high rates of morbidity and mortality.
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis: A change in the recommendation for post-exposure prophylaxis for hepatitis A virus (HAV) calls for use of HAV vaccine up to 14 days after exposure, rather than immune globulin (IG), for healthy individuals 1 to 40 years of age. For others IG is still preferred, including infants under 12 months of age, adults over age 40, immunocompromised individuals, and those with chronic liver disease.
  • Adult Immunization Schedule: A new adult immunization schedule for 2007-2008 reflects current recommendations for use of licensed vaccines in people 19 and older. Changes include the addition of zoster vaccine.

Slide presentations and the full ACIP report will be available at

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