Ask the VEC: "One-size-fits-all" Schedule

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Q. How can a “one-size-fits-all” approach to vaccines be OK for all children?

A. While a quick glance at many published schedules might suggest a “one-size-fits-all” approach, the reality is that the schedule is actually multiple pages in length and is supported by a 60-page “General Recommendations on Immunization” document and 25 to 40 page documents specific for each vaccine. These guidelines take into account many factors including individual differences in current and long-term health, allergies and age. So the truth is that the schedule isn’t “one-size-fits-all”; it’s what should be done for each patient depending on their medical history.

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