The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said routine vaccination with Pfizer's Prevnar 13 shot was no longer necessary for all healthy people 65 and older.
A vaccination campaign among children succeeded in stopping the spread of the bacteria to the older age group. And a subsequent recommendation in 2014 to also vaccinate seniors had no additional effect on disease rates.
So the panel voted Wednesday in Atlanta to make it a decision between doctors and patients, rather than a strong recommendation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention typically accepts the panel's recommendations and uses them to guide U.S. doctors.
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