Questions on Pediatric Dosing of H1N1 Vaccine
The World Health Organization’s immunization advisory group recommended on Friday that in countries where children are given early vaccination priority, one dose of the vaccine should be administered to as many children as possible. In contrast, the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices currently recommends two vaccine doses for children aged 6 months to 9 years.
CDC Director Thomas Frieden said on Friday that the National Institutes of Health may release additional pediatric data from clinical trials as early as this week. “If the data show the difference, we will reconsider our recommendations,” he said. “For the time being … we’re sticking with what the ACIP has recommended.”
The CDC also reported that 19 children in the U.S. died of H1N1 influenza in the previous week.