PA regulations require that children have vaccines recommended by the ACIP.* The ACIP is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. The ACIP recommends that everyone older than 6 months of age receive influenza vaccine.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that child care programs prevent influenza with annual immunization for everyone older than 6 months of age, especially all teachers/caregivers.** ECELS urges programs to adopt policies and practices that require influenza immunization, hand hygiene, cough/sneeze etiquette, and minimizing crowding.
* The vaccine regulations of the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and Department of Health (DOH) are: PA DPW Chapter 55 3270.131(e), 3280.131(e) and 3290.131(e) and PA DOH Title 28 § 27.77. These regulations require compliance with ACIP recommendations.
**The Quick Reference Sheet on page 111 of Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools, 3rd edition, 2013.