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What’s New With the 2012 Immunization Schedule

It’s important for doctors, nurses, health care professionals and parents to keep informed about changes to the recommended immunization schedule.    Today’s report from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) details the changes to the 2012 schedule as suggested by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).  Some of the more significant changes concern the following:

Tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccine administration among health care personnel and pregnant women.  Specifically, if pregnant women have never received the Tdap vaccine, it is recommended that they be immunized during their second or third trimester rather than in the immediate postpartum period.  Addionally, for children who received Tdap as a catch-up dose at age 7 through 10 years, “an adolescent dose should not be given.”

Routine administration of hepatitis B vaccine in people with diabetes. 

The addition of the quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine for boys and young men.  In regards to boys, the HPV4 vaccination is recommended in boys 11 to 12 years of age, with catch-up vaccinations at age 13 to 21.  However, it is acceptable to begin HPV4 vaccination in boys as young as 9 years of age. 

A booster dose of the meningococcal vaccine for children at age 16 is now recommended.  The previous schedule recommended immunization at age 11 or 12, but due to waning immunity and higher risk in the late teen years, the new booster recommendation is intended to ensure that protection is maintained through the high-risk window, which occurs between 16 and 21 years, when many are living in close quarters, such as in college dormitories.

It also should be noted that the ACIP recommends that children 6 months to 8 years of age receive two doses of influenza vaccine during the current season if they did not receive at least one dose of the vaccine during the 2010-11 season.  It also clarifies the guidance for clarifies the guidance for giving the flu shot to kids with egg allergies. For more complete details on the changes, please refer to the following resources:

2012 Immunization Schedule for Children 0-6 years

2012 Immunization Schedule for Adolescents 7-18 years

2012 Adult Immunization Schedule

If you should have any questions, let us know and we will attempt to direct them to our scientific advisory board for clarification or response.

  1. Brandy Paulson
    February 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    This is a ridiculous about of poisons being pushed on our children.


  2. February 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I agree Brandy. The anti-vaccine movement has this ridiculous idea that vaccines contain poisons and are being pushed on our children. Isn’t that crazy?

    The revisions to the schedule confirms that the ACIP reviews currently scientific evidence and adjusts their recommendations accordingly.


  3. Chris
    February 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I particularly hate bothtetanospasmin and exotoxins (like pertussis toxin).


  4. Chris
    February 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    “both tetanospasmin”


  5. February 6, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Wow more vaccines for pregnant women..hell, more vaccines all around. Yes vaccines will save us all, something based purely on theory……..I’ll pass, which is the greatest thing. You can say no


  6. Chris
    February 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    So what is your solution to preventing pertussis in infants. Provide some actual references to the scientific literature to support the prevention measures you propose.


  7. February 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Well with current news reporting an increase in Pertussis after the big push for vaccination with dtap; I think the first step would be to stop the spread of Pertussis by stopping mass vaccinating for it. I cannot provide what you deem scientific literature because all of the scientific literature is focused specifically on vaccines as the solution and nothing else. Maybe some research into actually fighting Pertussis instead of just vaccinating and hoping for the best would be beneficial


  8. February 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Ah, yes! Its just a theory. Personally, when I leave a second story room, I tend to use stairs or an elevator. Even though gravity is just a theory. Perhaps you use the window?


  9. Chris
    February 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    So you are saying treating pertussis would be better than preventing it by giving mothers the Tdap? Could you provide some actual data to show that might be a way to keep babies from dying when they catch pertussis (most of them are too young to be vaccinated).


  10. Chris
    February 6, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    I think the first step would be to stop the spread of Pertussis by stopping mass vaccinating for it.

    That has actually been tried. It didn’t work. From Impact of anti-vaccine movements on pertussis control: the untold story:

    Japan—vaccination against pertussis began in 1947. By 1974, there were few cases and no deaths…. snip…After two infants died within 24 h of receiving DTP, the Ministry of Health and Welfare eliminated whole-cell pertussis
    vaccine altogether. They later allowed it only for children older than 2 years. Pertussis coverage for infants fell from
    nearly 80% in 1974 to 10% in 1976.13 A pertussis
    epidemic occurred in 1979 with more than 13 000 cases
    and 41 deaths. Japan began replacing whole-cell with
    acellular pertussis vaccines in 1981, and a striking fall in
    pertussis incidence followed (figure 2).

    So I hope you come up with a better solution. You might start by addressing the toxin made by Bordetella pertussis bacteria (the true definition of a toxin is that it is a poisonous substance made by living organisms, like bacteria). Do try finding some kind of actual scientific evidence to back up your proposal.


  11. Lawrence
    February 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    And I guess the elimination of smallpox and rinderpest is just a theory as well…..


  12. bugi
    February 22, 2012 at 10:20 am

    The 5in1 they are now pushing (pentacel) has not been re tested since they removed thimerisol and replaced it with anti freeze. Furthermore the manufacturer has stated and released that the vaccine has been linked to an increase in febrile convulsions. The “scientific studies” most are trying to quote are no where near inclusion nor conclusive enough for me to even consider this lovely vaccine cocktail for my child.


  13. bugi
    February 22, 2012 at 10:25 am

    And the big bang was widely considered as fact until recently as well, more testing and full disclosure would be the first step to getting folks to open up to vaccines


  14. bugi
    February 22, 2012 at 10:29 am

    They have also found and agreed that the 5 in 1 has lead to febrile convulsions but don’t recommend deviating from the vaccine schedule until they know more.. Your kids can be the Guinea Pigs with the drugs, I happen to know the full consequences of what can happen by not vaccinating, do you know all the consequences from the vaccine itself?


  15. bugi
    February 22, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Here Chris you want a scientific measure,.make a single vaccine that has been thoroughly tested with full disclosure on all test results. Right now I cannot vaccinate just for pertussis, it must be a 5 in 1 combo that has its own issues, hasn’t been fully tested since 2 significant changes were made to the formula, and the reporting/testing is…. Sub par to say the least.


  16. Chris
    February 22, 2012 at 11:17 am

    citation needed


  17. June 1, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Pls i need full explenation on penta vaccine


  18. June 1, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Pls explen penta vaccine


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