CDC issues vaccination recommendations for new influenza season

July 22, 2008

ACIP now calls for all children (aged five to 18 years) to be vaccinated annually.

New recommendations on the prevention and control of influenza have been released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The 2008 recommendations update those from 2007 and include several changes. For instance, ACIP is now calling for all children between five and 18 years to be vaccinated annually beginning in the 2008-2009 influenza season, if feasible, and no later than the 2009-2010 season. The committee also recommends either trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine or live, attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) be used when vaccinating healthy persons aged 2 through 49 years (the previous recommendation was to administer LAIV to those five to 49 years of age).

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