The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released its 2014 immunization schedule for adults.
Among the changes for this year:
- Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) vaccine should no longer be considered for unvaccinated adults with HIV because of their low risk for Hib infection.
- The inactivated influenza vaccine can be used in patients with hives-only allergy to eggs, but only with additional safety precautions. The recombinant influenza vaccine, which does not contain egg protein, can be safely used in patients with egg allergy of any severity.
- Patients aged 11 years and older who have not received tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine should receive a dose of Tdap, followed by a tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) booster every 10 years thereafter.