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The CDC has announced several crucial updates to the vaccination schedules for both adults and children for the year 2024. These updates reflect advancements in vaccine development and changes in public health recommendations aimed at preventing a range of infectious diseases.

Adult Vaccination Updates

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Vaccine:
RSV is a respiratory virus that can cause severe illness, particularly in infants and older adults. For adults 60 years and older, healthcare providers now recommend a single dose of the RSV vaccine to help protect against this potentially serious infection. Additionally, pregnant individuals are advised to receive the RSV vaccine between 32 and 36 weeks of pregnancy to provide immunity to their infants post-birth.

Mpox Vaccine:
The CDC now recommends the Mpox vaccine for all adults aged 18 and older. This includes individuals who have had multiple sexual partners, engaged in sex in commercial or public spaces with confirmed Mpox transmission, or have had a sexually transmitted disease within the last six months. The vaccine series consists of two doses administered four weeks apart.

COVID-19 Vaccines:
Updated formulations of COVID-19 vaccines for the 2023-2024 season are available. Therefore, the CDC recommends these vaccines for all individuals aged 6 months and older, with specific dosing guidelines dependent on previous vaccination history and immune status.

Children’s Vaccination Updates

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Vaccine:
New recommendations include administering RSV immunization to infants born during specific periods to protect against severe illness caused by RSV. This includes infants born prematurely or those with certain medical conditions.

COVID-19 Vaccine:
Children aged 6 months to 4 years who are unvaccinated can receive the updated COVID-19 mRNA vaccines. Older children between 5 and 18 years, regardless of previous vaccination status, are eligible for either a single dose or a two-dose regimen of COVID-19 vaccines. The specific regimen depends on their age and prior vaccination history.

Influenza (Flu) Vaccine:
Children aged 6 months and older should receive an influenza vaccine annually, with considerations for children with allergies to eggs.

Meningococcal (MenACWY-MenB) Vaccine:
A new combination vaccine is now available for children 10 years and older to protect against meningococcal disease.

Pneumococcal Vaccine:
Updates have been made to the pneumococcal vaccine schedule, including changes to vaccine formulations.

Polio Vaccine:
Revisions have been made to complete the polio vaccination series in adolescents aged 18 years who may have an incomplete series.

These updates underscore the CDC’s commitment to promoting public health through comprehensive vaccination strategies. It’s essential for individuals and caregivers to consult healthcare providers to ensure compliance with these latest recommendations and to protect against preventable diseases effectively.

For more detailed information on these updates, visit the CDC’s official website or speak with your healthcare provider.

Stay safe and healthy.


Stacy Alcide, RN (March 7, 2024) 2024 Vaccine News You Need Now to Protect Yourself and Others


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