New Vaccination Schedule for 2014

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New Vaccination Schedule for 2014

CDC issues 2014 recommendations

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN
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The Centers for Disease Control have issued updated guidelines for the timing and intervals of adult immunizations. The CDC vaccination guidelines are reviewed each year by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Physicians and the American College of Nurse-Midwives to ensure that the recommendations reflect the latest research.

Among this year’s changes: Healthcare workers no longer need to receive HPV or shingles vaccinations solely due to occupational exposure, and hives-only egg-sensitive individuals can now receive inactivated influenza and recombinant influenza vaccinations because those vaccines do not contain egg proteins. The CDC also modified the language of the recommendations to better match the language used for the pediatric schedule.

Spreading the Word
To find out more about the 2014 vaccination schedule, visit the CDC website at, which includes the complete guidelines, a list of changes from 2013 and separate charts listing the latest precautions and medical indications and contraindications.

The website also provides downloadable schedules for your smartphone and instructions for adding the new guidelines to your own website. Starting this month, the CDC will begin accepting bulk orders for free printed copies, pocket-size and laminated 8-inch-by-9-inch cards and large-print schedules for visually impaired patients.

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