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Pediatric vaccinations during COVID-19 and an ACIP update

Monday, April 6, 2020  

Continuing Pediatric Vaccination during COVID-19

MDH encourages providers to continue vaccinating patients during this pandemic. We have put together a fact sheet for providers with guidance and tips for helping to provide a safe environment for patients and staff while continuing to provide vaccinations. See Pediatric Vaccination During COVID-19 on the MDH Immunization website ( Guidance for adult vaccination will be coming soon.

Because of personal, practice, or community circumstances related to COVID-19, some providers may not be able to provide well-child visits, including giving vaccinations, for all patients in their practice. If a practice can provide only limited well-child visits, we encourage providers to:

  • Prioritize newborn care and vaccination of infants and young children (through 24 months of age).
  •  Serve children from age 2-6 years in need of vaccinations for child care or school requirements as the next priority group.

Please refer to this attached handout for more information.

ACIP Update

Ebola: An Ebola vaccine was licensed in December 2019. ACIP voted to recommend Ebola vaccine for persons 18 years and older who are at risk of Ebola infection because they are:

1.       Ebola responders,

2.       Persons working in Ebola-specialized hospitals in the U.S., and

3.       Persons working in Biosafety Level 4 (BSL4) facilities. 


Influenza: Discussion included an epi update, vaccine efficacy update - 45% overall, a manufacturer presentation on the quadrivalent adjuvanted vaccine, and safety data comparing adjuvanted and high-dose vaccines.  The comparison study showed similar rates of side effects and no vaccine-related serious adverse events in either product.


Rabies: A discussion on a proposal for a 2-dose pre-exposure prophylaxis schedule had the committee asking for more data before considering a change to the recommendation.


Dengue Fever: ACIP heard about knowledge, attitude and belief surveys among Puerto Rican parents. In particular, parents were asked about the vaccines acceptability given that safety is tied into diagnostics of previous infection.


Update provided by the Minnesota Department of Health

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