The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued its recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedules for 2011.
Published in the February 2011 issue of Pediatrics (published online Feb. 1), the new schedules include guidance on administering hepatitis B vaccine to children who do not receive the recommended birth dose. They also include new information on the use of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, which replaced the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.
In response to recent pertussis outbreaks nationally, guidance has been provided for a dose of Tdap in 7- to 10-year-old children who are not adequately immunized against pertussis.
In order to ensure that adolescents are protected throughout the greatest period of risk for meningococcal disease, guidance has been provided for a booster dose of the conjugated meningococcal vaccine.
Other additions include instructions on dosing of influenza vaccine based on a child's history of receiving monovalent 2009 H1N1 vaccine and guidance on administering human papillomavirus vaccines to males ages 9 to 18 to reduce their likelihood of acquiring genital warts.
The schedules have been approved by the AAP, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.