2016 Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule Released

February 1, 2016

2016 Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule Released

  1. Deborah Lehman, MD

The annual update is again a single schedule for children from birth to 18 years, available exclusively online.

  1. Deborah Lehman, MD

Sponsoring Organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Target Audience: Pediatric primary care providers

Background

The 2016 childhood immunization schedule provides up-to-date information, including explanatory footnotes offering guidance on catch-up vaccination and vaccine administration in special circumstances.

Key Points

  • The order of vaccines on the schedule is now from earliest to latest age of administration.

  • Meningococcal B vaccine has been added to the schedule; it is recommended for high-risk children at 10 years of age, and may be considered for children 16–18 years of age.

  • Earlier administration of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine (at age 9 to 10 years) is recommended for children with a history of sexual abuse.

  • HPV vaccine nomenclature has been changed (for example, the 9-valent vaccine, formerly referred to as HPV9, is now 9vHPV).

  • A new blue-bar designation has been added for vaccines that may be considered for non–high-risk individuals (e.g., meningococcal B vaccine).

Comment

The 2016 immunization schedule has few changes from last year's schedule, but again includes links to a variety of online tools that will be helpful to healthcare providers who administer immunizations to children. The updated schedule is available on the AAP website and the CDC website. A parent-friendly schedule is also available.

Editor Disclosures at Time of Publication

  • Disclosures for Deborah Lehman, MD at time of publication Leadership positions in professional societies AAP PREP: The Course Planning Committee

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