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Vaccines and Your ChildSeparating Fact from Fiction$
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Paul Offit and Charlotte Moser

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231153072

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231153072.001.0001

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The Vaccine Schedule

The Vaccine Schedule

(p.213) The Vaccine Schedule
Vaccines and Your Child

Paul A. Offit

Charlotte A. Moser

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on the vaccine schedule. Three groups determine the vaccine schedule: the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Each group is composed of committees of experts who review results from vaccine trials that include ages of trial participants, how many doses were required to afford protection, the presence of side effects, and safety and efficacy of the vaccine when given with other vaccines typically given at the same time—called concomitant-use studies. Experts also study the burden of disease, determine who in the community is getting the disease, how many people it affects each year, and when and where the disease is occurring. All this information determines which vaccines are added to the schedule, when, for whom, and with how many doses. Once a vaccine has been added to the schedule, these groups continue to monitor both the disease and the vaccine.

Keywords:   vaccine schedule, CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, vaccine trials, concomitant-use studies

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