Vaccination guidelines have been brought out annually by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and this year's recommendations have been published in the journal Pediatrics.
Teenagers need a booster shot to protect them from meningococcal meningitis, a potentially deadly infection of the tissue around the brain, while all kids should have up-to-date whooping cough vaccines in light of recent outbreaks, according to new recommendations from pediatric experts.
The American Academy of Pediatrics issues updated vaccination guidelines annually. Its new schedule, released Feb. 1 in the journal Pediatrics
, is very similar to last year's recommendations.
Acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) is recommended for children, 7 to 10, to protect them from the recent outbreaks of whooping cough.
The HPV4 human papillomavirus vaccine need to be administered to boys, 9 years to 18 to deal with the possibility of genital warts.
Within 24 weeks, a new born should have received the third dose of hepatitis B vaccine if they had not been given the first dose at birth against meningococcal disease.
Pneumococcal disease like pneumonia has now the new 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine for immunization.
The guidelines focus more on the health of young people this year. Dr. Michael Brady, chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics' committee on infectious disease, regrets the fact that Americans don't seem to realize how well-protected they are with these vaccination measures.