ACIP Recommends Hep B Vaccine for Adults Under 60 with Diabetes
AAFP News Now
By David Mitchell
The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or ACIP, voted to recommend major changes in the use of two vaccines during its Oct. 25-26 meeting in Atlanta. The committee agreed on a provisional recommendation to expand the routine use of quadrivalent human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine to adolescent boys, and it also voted to recommend the use of hepatitis B vaccine in all adults with diabetes who are younger than age 60 and who have not previously received the vaccine.
ACIP voted to recommend routine hepatitis B immunization of unvaccinated adults with diabetes who are younger than age 60 and permissive use of the vaccine in adults 60 and older. The recommendation was based on evidence that patients with diabetes are at increased risk for hepatitis B because of shared testing equipment.
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