The Promise and Challenge of Adolescent Immunization

Dear Ms. English:

We commend the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) for addresssing the challenges of adolescent immunization. The dynamic of immunizations is changing from a model focusing on infants to one recognizing the increasing importance of vaccinations for adolescents and adults. We respectfully submit the following points for consideration.

Influenza and other immunizations
We note that the report does not address seasonal influenza vaccination. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) and the American Medical Association (AMA) influenza summit are advancing an agenda to broaden routine influenza vaccination for children and adolescents from 6 months to 18 year as early as this fall. The proposed agenda is to move in a stepwise manner to full universal vaccination of the U.S. population by 2012.