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HPV vaccination update for 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: David Waldrep
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By Sandra Adamson Fryhofer MD 


Cancer protection thru vaccination has just gotten little easier (for some).  The HPV vaccine protects against cervical, anal, and other genital cancers was well as genital warts. Here’s what’s new for HPV vaccination for 2017:  Fewer doses are required for those that start the series at a younger age.


When HPV vaccination series is started before age 15, only 2 doses- not three- are needed. But the interval matters.  They must be given at least 5, preferably 6 months apart. Those who begin HPV vaccination at 15 or later still need three doses.   


Those who need vaccination have not changed.  ACIP says vaccinate through age 26 for all females, and through age 21 for all males, and through age 26 for immunocompromised males, including those with HIV, and for men who have sex with other men.


All HPV vaccine is now nine valent (HPV 9 vaccine). It covers 9 strains of HPV virus.  The quadrivalent HPV vaccine has been phased out by the company that made it, and is no longer available.


The new 2017 ACIP Adult Immunization has been released.  (It’s published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Download a copy at:   

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