Interim immunization recommendations for individuals displaced by Hurricane Katrina
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Interim immunization recommendations for individuals displaced by Hurricane Katrina

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    Monday, September 05, 2005, 15:45 EDT (3:45 PM EDT)


    The purpose of these recommendations is two-fold:

    1. To ensure that children, adolescents, and adults are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases in accordance with current recommendations. Immunization records are unlikely to be available for a large number of displaced children and adults. It is important that immunizations are kept current if possible.

    2. To reduce the likelihood of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in large crowded group settings. Although the possibility of an outbreak is low in a vaccinated U.S. population, it is possible that outbreaks of varicella, rubella, mumps, or measles could occur. Although measles and rubella are no longer endemic to the United States, introductions do occur, and crowded conditions would facilitate their spread. Hepatitis A incidence is low in the affected areas, but post-exposure prophylaxis in these settings would be logistically difficult and so vaccination is recommended. In addition, the influenza season will begin soon and influenza can spread easily under crowded conditions.

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