The annual recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedule of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Family Physicians is issued for 2005.

Licensure applications have been submitted to the Food and Drug Administration for a conjugate meningococcal vaccine and 2 new preparations of diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine. The American Academy of Pediatrics is considering recommendations for use of these vaccines in adolescents. If new recommendations emerge, a midyear schedule will be released.

Clinically significant adverse events that follow immunization should be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Guidance about how to obtain and complete a VAERS form can be obtained on the Internet at www.vaers.org or by calling 1-800-822-7967. Information on new vaccine releases, vaccine supplies, and statements on specific vaccines can be found at www.aap.org and www.cdc.gov/nip. Vaccine-related updates...

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