Creating the Immunization Schedule

Once vaccines are licensed…How is the immunization schedule determined for children?
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is a group of medical and public health experts who carefully review all available data about each vaccine from clinical trials and other studies to develop recommendations for vaccine use for children, adolescents and adults. The recommendations include the age(s) when the vaccine should be given, the number of doses needed, amount of time between doses, and precautions and contraindications regarding the use of the vaccine.

When making recommendations, the ACIP considers:

Additional Resources
The Journey of Your Child's Vaccine
IOM Report: The Childhood Immunization Schedule and Safety