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8th February 2017
Updated ACIP Immunization Schedule for Adults
 
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released updated immunization schedule for adults aged 19 years or older, United States, which have been published February 7, 2017 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
  • ACIP recommends against live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) during the 2016-2017 influenza season.
  • Adults with a history of egg allergy who have only hives after exposure to egg should receive age-appropriate inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) or recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV).
  • Healthy adolescents who start their human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) series before age 15 years are recommended to receive 2 doses of HPV. But, for adults and adolescents who did not start their vaccination series before age 15 years, 3 doses are recommended.
  • Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for adults with chronic liver disease, including, but not limited to, hepatitis C virus infection, cirrhosis, fatty liver disease, alcoholic liver disease, autoimmune hepatitis, and an alanine aminotransferase (ALT) or aspartate aminotransferase (AST) level greater than twice the upper limit of normal.
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Missed fungal infection diagnosis may up antibiotic resistance
 
Missing a diagnosis of fungal disease causes doctors to overprescribe antibiotics, increasing harmful resistance to valuable antimicrobial drugs.
 
New Delhi, Feb 7, 2017: Indiscriminate use of antibiotics is a major contributory factor in the escalating problem of antibiotic resistance. The first global report on antibiotic resistance "Antimicrobial resistance: global report on surveillance" released by the WHO in 2014 highlighted antibiotic resistance as a significant public health problem, which was prevalent worldwide across all age groups.
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