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Adult Immunization 2017 Update

Thursday, March 2, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: David Waldrep
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By Sandra Adamson Fryhofer MD, MACP


The 2017 ACIP Adult Immunization schedule has just been released.  ACIP’s new 2017 Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults, age 19 and older, is published today (February 7, 2017) in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  ACIP, the HHS Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, now recommends 13 different vaccines for adults. 


The schedule is colorful, concise, and comprehensive.  Color-coded graphics organize vaccine recommendations by age group, and by medical conditions, including pregnancy and immunocompromising conditions.  There are special columns for patients with HIV infection, and for those without a spleen.  It also includes recommendations for patients with kidney disease, heart & lung conditions, chronic liver disease, and diabetes.  Vaccinations for health care personnel, and for men who have sex with other men, are also addressed.  The graphics are clean and streamlined, but pay close attention to the footnotes linked to each vaccine. Read them carefully, and refer to them often.  There’s also a table with contraindications and precautions for each vaccine. 


Here is a brief review of the changes for 2017.  The 2017 adult immunization schedule contains major updates for Flu, HPV, and Meningococcal vaccination. It also clarifies specific liver conditions that call for Hepatitis B vaccination.  I’ll be providing a daily dose of the new changes this week on MAA’s The Vaccinators Move the Needle webpage.


Also, I invite you to view my new Medicine Matters video on WebMD’s Medscape in which I review the new changes.   Here’s the link:

You have to sign up for Medscape to view, but sign up is free.


Also, please download a complete copy of the new schedule at: .

Keep it handy.  It’s a great resource. 

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