ACIP expands recommendations for hepatitis A vaccination
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Nov. 21, 2005
All children should be vaccinated against hepatitis A, said an October statement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The recommendation was by the agency's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and is an expansion of the 1999 directive that only children in states with the highest rates of incidence should receive the shot.
In a related action, the Food and Drug Administration last month approved the vaccine to be used in children as young as 12 months. It previously had been approved only for those older than 2 years.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2005/11/21/hlbf1121.htm.