The New Criteria
3. Prior to December 14, 2009, the CDC required vaccinations against vaccine-preventable diseases explicitly listed in section 212(a)(1)(A)(ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as well as all vaccinations recommended by the ACIP for the general U.S. population. Under the new criteria effective December 14, the CDC continues to require vaccinations explicitly listed in section 212(a)(1)(A)(ii) of the INA, but only requires ACIP-recommended vaccines which meet the new criteria. The new criteria for ACIP-recommended vaccinations are:
1.) The vaccine must be age-appropriate as recommended by the ACIP for the general U.S. population; and,
2.) At least one of the following:
a. The vaccine must protect against a disease that has the potential to cause an outbreak; and/or,
b. The vaccine must protect against a disease that has been eliminated or is in the process of being eliminated in the United States.
4. Under the new criteria, vaccines against the following diseases are required: mumps, measles, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, meningococcal disease, pneumococcal disease, haemophilus influenza type B (Hib), rotavirus, varicella, influenza, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, pertussis, and polio. Effective December 14, ACIP-recommended vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV) and zoster are no longer required because they do not meet the CDC’s new criteria.
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