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Vaccine Information for Parents, Patients, and Health Care Providers

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a group of medical and public health experts, develops recommendations on how to use currently licensed vaccines to control diseases in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control publishes the ACIP recommendations.

  • Following the recommended immunization schedule offers the best protection from vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • The vaccine schedule is based on the best scientific information available.
  • There is no science behind alternative immunization schedules. Delaying or withholding vaccines only increases the amount of time that an individual is vulnerable to diseases.

All vaccines used in the U.S. are required to go through years of extensive safety testing before they are licensed by the U.S. food and Drug Administration. Three systems are used to carefully monitor the safety of vaccines after they are licensed. One of the three systems is called the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)​ and it accepts reports from healthcare professionals, vaccine manufacturers, and the general public.

Recommended Immunization Schedules




Every healthcare provider, in all settings, has a fundamental responsibility to ensure that all patients are up-to-date with respect to recommended immunizations. Part of routine clinical care should include an assessment of a patient's immunization status and a recommendation to the patient and/or patient's caregiver for needed vaccines. To find out more information on practice standards for all healthcare professionals click on the image to the left.

Standards for Adult Immunization Practice 

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