Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommendations
- Effective school year 2011/2012: A fifth dose of poliovirus vaccine is required if the fourth dose was administered prior to the fourth birthday.
- Effective January 2011: The age for the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine requirement has been extended to 59 months as reflected in the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
- Timing of Tdap:
Tdap can be administered, when indicated, regardless of interval since the last tetanus- or diphtheria-toxoid containing vaccine.
- Adults Aged 65 years and Older:
Those who have or anticipate having close contact with an infant aged less than 12 months should receive a single dose of Tdap.
Other adults ages 65 years and older may be given a single dose of Tdap.
- Children aged 7 through 10 years:
Those not fully vaccinated against pertussis and for whom no contraindication to pertussis vaccine exists should receive a single dose of Tdap.
Those never vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, or pertussis or who have unknown vaccination status should receive a series of three vaccinations containing tetanus and diphtheria toxoids. The first of these three doses should be Tdap.
The Certificate of Immunization, DH 680, can now be printed on white or blue paper. Schools and childcare centers should accept the DH 680 if printed on white paper.