ACIP Recommendations

The ACIP develops recommendations on how to use vaccines to control disease in the United States.

The Committee’s recommendations are forwarded to CDC’s Director for approval. Once the ACIP recommendations have been reviewed and approved by the CDC Director and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, they are published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The MMWR publication represents the final and official CDC recommendations for immunization of the U.S. population.

Professional organizations that work with the ACIP to develop the annual childhood and adult schedules include the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the American College of Physicians (ACP).

October 2020 Meeting Recommendations

ACIP approved the following recommendations by majority vote at its October 2020 meeting.

  • The Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule, United States, 2021, for ages 18 years or younger.
  • The Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule, United States, 2021, for ages 19 years and older.

These recommendations have been adopted by the CDC Director and will become official once published in MMWR.

Page last reviewed: December 20, 2020