Update on the National Vaccine Advisory Committee Standards for Adult Immunization Practice [open pdf - 268KB]
"The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) makes recommendations for routine vaccination of adults in the United States. Standards for implementing the ACIP recommendations for adults have been published by the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) in 2003 and by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in 2009. In addition, NVAC published a report in 2012 outlining a pathway for improving adult immunization rates. While most of these documents include guidelines for immunization practice, recent changes in the practice climate for adult immunization necessitate an update of existing adult immunization standards. Some of these changes include expansion of vaccination services offered by pharmacists and other community immunization providers, both during and since the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, vaccination at the workplace, increased vaccination by providers who care for pregnant women, and changes in the health care system, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which requires first dollar coverage of ACIP-recommended vaccines for persons with certain private insurance plans, or who are beneficiaries of expanded Medicaid plans. [...] While previous versions of the adult immunization standards have been published, recommendations for adult vaccination are published annually, and many healthcare organizations have endorsed routine assessment and vaccination of adults, vaccination levels among adults continue to be low."
United States. Dept. of Health and Human Services: http://www.hhs.gov/