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Recommended adult vaccines updated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has updated the Adult Immunization Schedule to include new recommendations on varicella and tetanus.

The varicella, or chickenpox, 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 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 and are available online at 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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