immunizationsAdvisory Committee on Immunization Practices develops recommendations for the routine administration of vaccines. It consists of 15 experts selected by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Summary of 2004 ACIP immunization recommendations:

Immunization Recommendations for Children and Adolescents

All Children

  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Polio
  • Haemophilus influenzae Type b (Hib)
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Pneumococcal
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella(MWR)
  • Hepatitis B


Children At-Risk

  • Hepatitis A
  • Influenza (Flu)


Immunization Recommendations for Adults Over 18 Years

Adults 18+ Years

  • Tetanus-Diphtheria Vaccine-all adults, every 10 years
  • Influenza (Flu) Vaccine-adults 50 and older
  • Pneumococcal Vaccine-adults 65 and older
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine-adults at risk
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) Vaccine-susceptible adults
  • Varicella or Chickenpox Vaccine-susceptible adults
  • Travelers may need additional vaccines