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Adult Immunization Guidelines: Challenges and Opportunities

Robert H. Hopkins Jr., MD; and Keyur S. Vyas, MD
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From University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR 72205.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.

Requests for Single Reprints: Robert H. Hopkins Jr., MD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 4301 West Markham, Mail Slot, Little Rock, AR 72205; e-mail, hopkinsroberth@uams.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Hopkins: Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 4301 West Markham, Mail Slot, Little Rock, AR 72205.

Dr. Vyas: Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 4301 West Markham, Mail Slot, Little Rock, AR 72205.

Ann Intern Med. 2010;152(1):59-60. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-152-1-201001050-00014
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Annually, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revises its Adult Immunization Schedule; this schedule is subsequently approved by the major specialty societies representing physicians who care for adults, including the American College of Physicians. The changes in each year's schedule are driven by advances in knowledge of vaccines and vaccine preventable disease. This issue includes the 2010 schedule (1), which is formatted as tables that present age- and medical condition–based immunization recommendations along with important descriptive footnotes. The full texts of the recommendations for each vaccine and the complete schedule are available at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/ACIP/default.htm. Changes in this year's schedule are highlighted below.

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