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Recommended adult vaccines updated.



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) consists of fifteen advisors to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), selected by the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, to provide advice and guidance on the most effective  has updated the Adult Immunization Schedule to include new recommendations on varicella varicella: see chicken pox.  and tetanus.

The varicella, or chickenpox chickenpox
 or varicella

Contagious viral disease producing itchy blisters. It usually occurs in epidemics among young children, causes a low fever, and runs a mild course, leaving patients immune. The blisters can scar if scratched.
, vaccine is now recommended for all adults who show no evidence of immunity to the infection. Those who have close contact with people at high risk for the disease, such as health care personnel, or who are at high risk for exposure or transmission, such as teachers, child care providers and workers in correctional institutions, should especially consider getting the vaccine.

Among the other changes, the Zoster vaccine against shingles is now recommended for all adults ages 60 and older, according to the updated recommendations. Also, the tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccine acellular pertussis vaccine
n. Abbr. DTaP
A diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis vaccine containing two or more antigens but no whole cells.
 should be used for adults younger than 65 who have not previously received a vaccination.

The updated recommendations were published in the Oct. 19 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) is a weekly epidemiological digest for the United States published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 5 June 1981 issue of the MMWR published the cases of five men in what turned out to be the first report of AIDS.  and are available online at www.cdc.gov/ mmwr.
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Title Annotation:NATION IN BRIEF
Author:Arias, Donya C.
Publication:The Nation's Health
Date:Dec 1, 2007
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