The ACIP develops recommendations on how to use vaccines to control disease in the United States. The recommendations include the age(s) when the vaccines should be given, the number of doses needed, the amount of time between doses, and precautions and contraindications.
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).
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.
- ACIP Recommendations
Complete list of ACIP recommendations published in the MMWR.
- Immunization Schedules
Links to the childhood, adolescent, catch-up, and adult immunization schedules; plus vaccine recording and screening forms.
- GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development & Evaluation) Updated Mar 2012
Find tables referenced in ACIP recommendations published in MMWR and learn about GRADE.
- Page last reviewed: April 15, 2016
- Page last updated: August 16, 2012
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