Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 years and Adults Aged 19 Years and Older — United States, 2013
Each year, recommendations for routine use of vaccines in children, adolescents, and adults in the United States are developed by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). This year, for the first time, recommended immunization schedules for persons aged 0 through 18 years and adults aged 19 years and older are being published together.
CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) maintains the most current immunization schedules on the Vaccines and Immunizations pages of CDC's website (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules), including the schedules published in this supplement. If errors or omissions are discovered after publication of the schedules, CDC posts revised versions on the Vaccines and Immunizations Web pages.
CDC encourages organizations that have previously relied on copying and posting PDFs of the schedules to their websites to instead use a safer method to consistently display current schedules. This form of "content syndication" ensures that the most current and accurate immunization schedule information is on each organization's website. This one-time step assures that your website displays current yearly schedules as soon as they are published, or revised.
To place the schedules on a website, organizations simply include two lines of CDC-furnished computer code on their Web page. Each organization's Web developer places the code into their existing website; the code automatically loads the current CDC schedule and footnotes. The schedule is visible within the organization's Web page, and all other images and Web navigation display unchanged. Any CDC revisions or updates will automatically and immediately be reflected on the organization's Web page.
This form of content syndication also gives organizations the ability to offer a PDF of each schedule on their website. Staff members and Web visitors can print as well as view immunization schedules and be confident they have the most current versions. Instructions for copying and placing syndication code are available at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/syndicate.html.
CDC offers technical assistance for organizations implementing this form of content syndication. For assistance, readers can complete the e-mail form on the NCIRD Web support page (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/web-support.html), and a NCIRD Web team staff member will contact them and provide assistance.
ACIP is chartered as a federal advisory committee to provide expert external advice and guidance to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on use of vaccines and related agents for the control of vaccine-preventable diseases in the civilian population of the United States. Recommendations for routine use of vaccines in children and adolescents are harmonized to the greatest extent possible with recommendations made by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Recommendations for routine use of vaccines in adults are reviewed and approved by the American College of Physicians (ACP), AAFP, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American College of Nurse-Midwives. ACIP recommendations adopted by the CDC Director become agency guidelines on the date published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
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