ACIP Prioritization for Use of Varicella Vaccine - Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

Author: Monica Preboth
Date: May 15, 2002

In February 2002, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to recommend prioritizing the use of limited supplies of varicella vaccine because of a shortage in the United States.

While the shortage persists, the ACIP recommends that all vaccine providers in the United States should delay vaccination of children 12 to 18 months of age until the 18-month or two-year office visit. For children whose dose of varicella vaccine is delayed, vaccine providers should implement a call-back system when vaccine becomes available.

According to the ACIP, the duration of the shortage is uncertain, but will likely last until late spring or early summer of 2002.

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