Journal Article

Quality Standards for Immunization

Anne A. Gershon, Pierce Gardner, Georges Peter, Nichols Kristin and Walter Orenstein

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 25, issue 4, pages 782-786
Published in print October 1997 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online October 1997 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI:
Quality Standards for Immunization

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This is the third in a series of guidelines commissioned by the Infectious Diseases Society of America through its Practice Guidelines Committee. It is presented as a standard of care rather than a practice guideline because the case for following these recommendations is very strong and it should be followed with rare exceptions. The purpose of this guideline is to provide assistance to clinicians when making decisions on providing immunizations to healthy infants, children, and adults. The document is a summary of guidelines already developed by national organizations. The targeted providers are pediatricians, family practitioners, internists, and other physicians who provide immunizations. The IDSA provided the funding. Panel members represent experts in adult and pediatric infectious diseases. The guidelines are evidence-based. A standard ranking system is used for the strength of the recommendations and the quality of the evidence cited in the literature reviewed. The document has been subjected to external review by peer reviewers as well as by the Practice Guidelines Committee and was approved by the IDSA Council. An executive summary and tables highlight the major recommendations. Indicators for measuring compliance with the standards are included. The guideline will be listed on the IDSA home page at

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