updated 7/8/2004 6:06:58 PM ET 2004-07-08T22:06:58

Replenished supplies of a childhood meningitis vaccine prompted health officials Thursday to ease their recommendation that doctors postpone some shots.

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Typically, four shots between the age of 2 months and 15 months are recommended for healthy children. But because of shortages of the vaccine Prevnar, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended in March that doctors give just two doses.

On Thursday, the CDC said doctors can now give children three doses.

Children who have health conditions such as sickle cell anemia or immune system disorders should get the full four-dose series, according to the recommendation by the CDC, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The shortages were attributed to production problems at the manufacturer, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

Prevnar is used to protect children against invasive pneumococcal disease, which can lead to meningitis or bloodstream infections.

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