The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released an updated childhood and adolescent immunization schedule for 2016, which reflects the currently recommended vaccines for children from birth to age 18. This schedule is updated annually and approved by professional healthcare organizations such as the AAP, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the CDC, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Among the changes to this year’s immunization schedule is the inclusion of the 9vHPV vaccine, which provides protection against nine different strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and several cancers associated with the virus.
This year, a meningococcal B vaccine has been recommended for adolescents who are at a higher risk of the bacterial infection. Immunization for this rare, yet deadly disease is recommended as early as 10, with the quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine at age 11 to 12, and a booster at age 16 to protect against an additional four stains of the bacteria.
Check out the updated schedule here and be sure to ask your pediatrician if you have questions about immunizations.
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