Immunization tables typically contain a list of recommended vaccines for each age group, dosage-related information, detailed information about the vaccines and information about vaccines newly added to the schedule, explains The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Immunization tables incorporate information specific to population subgroups, notes The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues the recommended immunization schedules for children from birth to 6 years, preteens and teens ages 7 to 18 years and adults over the age of 19. A "catch-up" vaccine table is also provided for children who miss a recommended vaccine, reports the CDC.
The CDC's immunization schedules are endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians, according to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. These agencies issue annual updates to the schedules, which provide information about exceptions to the schedule. The vaccination recommendations sometimes vary according to a patient's age, current illness or chronic condition, allergies, gender, occupation or lifestyle choices.
The recommended vaccinations and timetable included in the immunization table changes over time, explains The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. These changes are due to development of new or improved vaccines, changes in the patterns of susceptibility to the disease, evolution of the virus or new information about the vaccine's usefulness.