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Immunization Guidelines for Adult Patients: An Annual Update and a Challenge

Gregory A. Poland, MD; and William Schaffner, MD
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From Mayo Vaccine Research Group, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN 55905, and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN 37232.


Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest:Consultancies: G.A. Poland (CSL Limited, GlaxoSmithKline, Wyeth, Merck, Spaltudaq, Novartis, Protein Sciences, Novavax, PowderMed, Dynavax, Avianax); W. Schaffner (Sanofi-Pasteur, Med-Immune, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Wyeth, Merck & Co.). Dr. Poland is the chair of a data and safety monitoring board for investigating vaccines conducted by Merck Research Laboratories, and Dr. Schaffner is a member of the Merck & Co. safety evaluation committee for vaccines in experimental clinical trials.

Requests for Single Reprints: Gregory A. Poland, MD, Department of Medicine, Mayo Vaccine Research Group and the Program in Translational Immunovirology and Biodefense, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Guggenheim 611C, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905; e-mail, poland.gregory@mayo.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Poland: Department of Medicine, Mayo Vaccine Research Group and the Program in Translational Immunovirology and Biodefense, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Guggenheim 611C, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

Dr. Schaffner: Department of Preventive Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Village at Vanderbilt, Suite 2600, 1500 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212.


Ann Intern Med. 2009;150(1):53-54. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-150-1-200901060-00011
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This issue includes the annual revision of the Adult Immunization Schedule (1) produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and approved by the American College of Physicians (ACP), the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Each year sees advances in disease prevention by vaccines. This year, the updates involve expansions of the recommendations for pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine and influenza vaccine.

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