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If you're in the habit of keeping up with immunization news, the 2006 Recommended Schedule of Immunizations for Children and Adolescents unveiled recently by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in conjunction with the American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) holds few surprises. Changes from the 2005 schedule are:
Note: A recommendation for including rotavirus vaccine on the Recommended Schedule is under consideration, pending its licensing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Studies that demonstrate the safety and efficacy of two new rotavirus vaccines (Rotarix [GlaxoSmithKline] and Rotateq [Merck]) were published in the New England Journal of Medicine last month; at present, only Merck is seeking to have its product licensed in the US.