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Prim Care. 1994 Dec;21(4):693-715.

Childhood immunization guidelines: current and future.

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  • 1Department of Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA 15261.


Recent additions to the immunization schedule include acellular pertussis vaccine, and hepatitis B vaccine for all infants and selected adolescents. The third dose of OPV is recommended at 6 months of age and the first dose of MMR vaccine at 12 to 15 months. A new vaccine against Haemophilus influenzae type b has been licensed. Children aged 6 months and older with asthma, diabetes, or heart disease should receive influenza vaccine. Children aged 2 years and older with asplenia, immunosuppression, and nephrotic syndrome may be candidates for pneumococcal immunization.

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