Vaccination is one of the best ways to protect your pediatric patients from many potentially harmful diseases. Through immunization, infants and children can now be protected from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.
New recommendations for 2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new or revised recommendations in the 2018 immunization schedules for children and adolescents aged 18 years or younger for poliovirus, hepatitis B, and measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines, and clarification of the recommendations for rotavirus and pneumococcal vaccines.
Key vaccine changes for 2018 include:
|Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)||Hepatitis B (HepB)||HPV|
|Recommendations now include guidance regarding the use of a third dose of mumps-containing vaccine for persons ≥ 12 months who are at an increased risk for mumps because of an outbreak.*||Revised to include information regarding vaccination of infants weighing < 2000 g born to HBsAg-negative mothers. These infants are recommended to receive the birth dose of HepB at chronological age 1 month or hospital discharge.||New recommendations that 11- or 12-year-olds receive two doses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. After age 15, three doses are recommended.|
|The maximum ages for administration of the first dose (14 weeks, 6 days) and last dose (8 months, 0 days) of the rotavirus series have been added to the rotavirus vaccine row of the catch-up schedule.||The inactivated poliovirus rows of the catch-up schedule have been edited to clarify the catch-up recommendations for children 4 years of age and older.||The pneumococcal row for the heart disease/chronic lung disease, chronic liver disease, and diabetes columns clarifies that, in some situations, an additional dose of vaccine may be recommended for children with these conditions.|
*The new CDC recommendations for MMR, released in October 2017 by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, advise that persons previously vaccinated with two doses of a mumps-virus containing vaccine and that are identified as at an increased risk for acquiring mumps because of a mumps outbreak should receive a third dose of a mumps-virus containing vaccine to improve protection against mumps disease and related complications.1
Download 2018 Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule
Study finds 82% of parents rate healthcare practitioners among top 3 trusted sources of vaccine information
Healthcare providers, like you, are an important source to parents of vaccine recommendations for their children. In fact, 82% of parents cited their child’s health care practitioner as one of their top three trusted sources of vaccine information, according to a 2017 CDC study on parents’ attitudes and behaviors regarding vaccines for young children. Parents look to health care professionals to help answer questions and address concerns about their child’s health, including vaccine safety and trust.
“A [practitioner’s] expertise, knowledge, and advice are vital in creating a safe and trusted environment for discussing childhood immunizations,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, CDC’s Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “How you communicate with parents during routine pediatric visits is critical for fostering parental confidence in the decision to vaccinate their children.”2