ACIP, CDC to discuss immunization practices

The Federal Register recently announced there will be a Feb. 25-26 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The meeting will include discussions regarding vaccinations and recommendations for preventing infectious agents. Specific viruses or diseases to be covered are influenza and novel influenza (H5N1), meningococcal virus, human papillomavirus, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis, yellow fever, acellular pertussis, and smallpox vaccinations for laboratory employees.

The meeting's purpose is for the advisory council to inform the CDC on immunization agents and developments of new vaccine possibilities. If necessary, the council will revise the list of immunizations recommended for children who are able to be vaccinated. The groups will also review the periodicity of dosages for prime efficiency.

The meeting will take place at the CDC's Tom Harkin Global Communication Center in the Nelson Auditorium in Atlanta. Sessions will begin at 8 a.m. EST on both days. The first day's session will end at 5:45 p.m. and the second day's meeting will end at 1 p.m.

This meeting is open to the public (attendance will be limited only by the available space) and time has been set aside for comments and questions.