The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has issued the 2018 immunization schedule for children and adolescents and adults. According to the CDC, changes in the pediatric schedule include recommendations for poliovirus, influenza, and measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines, and clarification of the recommendations for rotavirus and pneumococcal vaccines. Changes in the adult schedule include recommendations for the zoster vaccine and MMR vaccine.
As Cody Meissner, MD, director of pediatric infectious disease at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, noted to Medscape: “It’s not too late to get the influenza vaccine. Even though it’s not as good as other vaccines that we think of, it’s the best intervention available. And for those 60% of those who get the vaccine but still get influenza, it’s probably still a milder disease than if they had never been vaccinated.”