ACIP releases the 2017 adult and childhood immunization schedules
The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2017 adult and childhood immunization schedules.
Changes this year include updated recommendations for a two-dose schedule of nine-valent HPV vaccine (HPV9; Gardasil 9) for patients ages 11-12, a two-dose schedule of meningitis B vaccine (MenB) for adolescents, a clarification regarding recommended adult candidates for hepatitis B (HepB) vaccine and revisions designed to make the adult schedule easier to navigate.
Release of the annual immunization schedules comes amid concerns that the Trump administration has proposed appointing a group to study the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.
In response, AAFP President John Meigs, M.D., of Centreville, Ala., said in a statement: "A new federal commission on immunizations is not necessary and would divert much-needed dollars from other, more pressing health care issues. To suggest the need for such an organization promotes unnecessary, ongoing and disproven skepticism about vaccines and public safety."
Meigs said plainly that vaccines are safe, effective and save lives, further explaining that allegations of a link between vaccines and autism have been thoroughly debunked.
"The science is clear, and family physicians stand ready to help everyone -- from the incoming administration to the general public -- understand how safe and important vaccines are," he stated.