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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedules for 2018 have been approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The schedules are revised annually to reflect current recommendations for the use of vaccines licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration.
The title page of the 2018 immunization schedule has been modified to include a table showing the common abbreviations and brand names for vaccines recommended for children and adolescents. Figure 1 provides vaccine recommendations in a single table for people from birth through 18 years of age. No changes have been made to the schedule shown in Figure 1. As in previous years, the yellow bars indicate the recommended age range for all children and contain a notation indicating the recommended dose number by age. The green bars indicate the recommended catch-up age. The purple bars designate the range for immunization for certain groups at high risk. The blue bars indicate the range of recommended doses for people in nonhigh-risk groups who may receive a vaccine, subject to individual decision-making. The white boxes show the ages when a vaccine is not recommended to be given routinely. The columns that begin with a gray-shaded box indicate vaccine recommendations for school entry and at adolescent visits.
Figure 2 is the catch-up immunization schedule offering recommendations for children and adolescents who start late or are >1 …