A new schedule for immunizations was released last month. The new schedule is five pages long but aims to be simpler to understand. A major change is regarding a new recommendation for pregnant women.
The former schedule had infants getting their first round of immunizations at 2-months-old. Only the Hepatitis B vaccine was administered earlier, soon after birth. That left newborn infants, who are already at a higher risk for pertussis, unprotected. Pertussis is more commonly known as whooping cough.
Other changes include a new catch up schedule for children who get behind, and more in-depth recommendations on safe vaccinations for children with medical and other high-risk conditions.