Update From the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (JPIDS)
Volume 3 Issue 1 March 2014

Update From the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
Elizabeth P. Schlaudecker1, Mark H. Sawyer2 and David W. Kimberlin3
Author Affiliations
1Division of Infectious Diseases, Global Health Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ohio
2Division of Infectious Diseases, University of California San Diego, School of Medicine and Rady Children’s Hospital
3Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is composed of medical and public health experts and one community representative that meets 3 times a year to develop vaccine recommendations for the civilian population in the United States. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations become official recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) when adopted by the CDC Director and published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/recs-by-date.html). Members of ACIP include people with expertise in vaccines, public health, and various aspects of medicine and preventive medicine (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=744177

Members of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society frequently serve on this committee and on ACIP work groups, and our society serves as one of 31 ex officio organizations that participates as a nonvoting representative. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Infectious Diseases works closely with the ACIP to maximize harmonization between the CDC and the AAP. The ACIP last met at the CDC on October 23–24, 2013. During this meeting, there were 3 votes taken: meningococcal vaccine for high-risk infants; child/adolescent immunization schedule; and adult immunization schedule. Several other topics were discussed. All ACIP vaccine recommendations will have Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation methods applied (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/recs/GRADE/table-refs.html