Vaccinations Recommended for Healthcare Professionals

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Adult 2011 Updates

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Td/Tdap. Tdap can be given any time since last Td; the interval requirement has been removed. Tdap should be given once to several adult populations, including all postpartum women and close contacts of infants younger than 12 months old (new fathers, people 65 years and older, childcare providers, grandparents, healthcare professionals, and others). After 1-time Tdap, resume Td.
Influenza. Vaccinate all adults. Flu season typically lasts until late April. High-dose vaccine (Fluzone) is mentioned as an option for those aged 65 and older.

Meningococcal. A single dose suffices for most patients at risk, including unvaccinated first year college dorm residents. HIV+ patients receive a 2-dose series (2 months apart). Patients with anatomic/ functional asplenia or persistent complement deficiencies receive a 2-dose series followed by a booster every 5 years.

Pneumococcal. One-time revaccination after 5 years applies only to those with specific chronic conditions who are aged 19 - 64 years.

Hib. One dose should be considered for the following, if they have not previously received Hib: sickle cell, leukemia, HIV, asplenia.

Child and Teen 2011 Updates

age 0-6 yrs chart | age 7-18 yrs chart | catch-up chart (All PDF)

Influenza. Vaccinate everyone 6 months and older. Guidance added regarding 1 vs. 2 doses based on history of 2009 H1N1 vaccination.

Tdap. Tdap can be given any time since last Td; the interval requirement has been removed. Added info for children aged 7 - 10 years who are incompletely vaccinated against pertussis.

Hep B. New guidance for children who did not receive a birth dose.

Pneumococcal. Added info on the 13-valent pneumococcal vaccine.

Meningococcal. A dose at age 11-12 years plus newly recommended booster at 16-18 years old. Added info for catch-up timing. For HIV+ patients, a 2-dose primary series (2 months apart) is followed by a booster. For children older than 2 years with persistent complement deficiency or functional/anatomic asplenia, a 2-dose primary series is followed by boosters every 5 years.