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By Leslie Coplin, Executive Editor, AHC Media
The number of influenza cases in the United States has reached epidemic proportion and continues to increase each week, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu vaccination is the best way to prevent infection, and experts say it is not too late to vaccinate.
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recently published the 2017 immunization schedule for adults 19 years of age and older. The ACIP recommendations include several major updates to the requirements for influenza, human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis B, and meningococcal vaccines. Key changes include:
“Adults need immunizations to protect themselves and their loved ones from serious diseases,” says Greg Wise, MD, FACP, editor of Primary Care Reports. “These guidelines help primary care physicians continue to provide excellence in patient care.”
A complete review of adult immunizations will appear in Primary Care Reports this spring.