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Immunizations: not for children only.


The federal Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (ACIP) has issued revised guidelines in 1989 that include specific recommendations for adults. The recommendations specify: 1. "All adults should complete a primary series of tetanus and diphtheria toxoids [followed by] a booster every 10 years." 2. "Persons greater than or equal to 65 years old and all adults with medical conditions that place them at risk for pneumococcal disease or serious complications of influenza should receive one dose of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine and annual injections of influenza vaccine." 3. "In addition, immunization programs for adults should provide [the] MMR vaccine whenever possible to anyone believed susceptible to measles, mumps or rubella. Use of MMR...causes no harm if the vaccinee is already immune to one or more of its components."

The ACIP notes, "The best way to reduce vaccine-preventable diseases is to have a highly immune population."
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Title Annotation:Immunization Practices Advisory Committee issues revised guidelines
Publication:Medical Update
Date:Oct 1, 1989
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