HPV Vaccine Update (one less shot!)

The CDC has recently recommended that patients receiving HPV vaccine prior to 15 years of age receive only 2 doses of the vaccine (at least 6 months apart).  This is a change from the previously recommended 3 doses of the vaccine.  This recommendation was made after the CDC reviewed data from clinical trials showing two doses of HPV vaccine in younger adolescents (aged 9-14 years) produced an immune response similar to or higher than the response in young adults (aged 16-26 years) who received three doses.  Patients aged 15 and older will still need 3 doses of the vaccine. 

We encourage all of our patients to get their HPV vaccine at their 11 year well visit, at the same time they are receiving whooping cough and meningitis vaccines.  Not only does this protect patients prior to exposure, but it also means a better immune response and one less shot!