ACIP approves child and adolescent vaccination schedule for 2020



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted unanimously to approve the child and adolescent immunization schedule for 2020.

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The changes to the child and adolescent immunization schedule for 2020 “incorporate recommendations that have occurred and are easy to use at point of care by busy providers,” Candice Robinson, MD, MPH, of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said at the CDC’s October meeting of ACIP. Updates reflect changes in language in the adult vaccination schedule, notably the change in the definition of “contraindication.” The updated wording in the Notes substitutes “not recommended or contraindicated” instead of the word “contraindicated” only.

Another notable change was the addition of information on adolescent vaccination of children who received the meningococcal ACWY vaccine before 10 years of age. For “children in whom boosters are not recommended due to an ongoing or increased risk of meningococcal disease” (such as a healthy child traveling to an endemic area), they should receive MenACWY according to the recommended adolescent schedule. But those children for whom boosters are recommended because of increased disease risk from conditions including complement deficiency, HIV, or asplenia should “follow the booster schedule for persons at increased risk.”

Other changes include restructuring of the notes for the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) in special situations. The schedule now uses a bulleted list to show that LAIV should not be used in the following circumstances:

  • Having history of severe allergic reaction to a previous vaccine or vaccine component.
  • Using aspirin or a salicylate-containing medication.
  • Being aged 2-4 years with a history of asthma or wheezing.
  • Having immunocompromised conditions.
  • Having anatomic or functional asplenia.
  • Having cochlear implants.
  • Experiencing cerebrospinal fluid–oropharyngeal communication.
  • Having immunocompromised close contacts or caregivers.
  • Being pregnant.
  • Having received flu antivirals within the previous 48 hours.

In addition, language on shared clinical decision-making was added to the notes on the meningococcal B vaccine for adolescents and young adults aged 18-23 years not at increased risk. Based on shared clinical decision making, the recommendation is a “two-dose series of Bexsero at least 1 month apart” or “two-dose series of Trumenba at least 6 months apart; if dose two is administered earlier than 6 months, administer a third dose at least 4 months after dose two.”

Several vaccines’ Notes sections, including hepatitis B and meningococcal disease, added links to detailed recommendations in the corresponding issues of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, to allow clinicians easy access to additional information.

View the current Child & Adolescent Vaccination Schedule here.

The ACIP members had no financial conflicts to disclose.

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