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CDC now recommends 11 to 12 year olds get two doses of HPV vaccine—rather than the previously recommended three doses—to protect against cancers caused by HPV. The second dose should be given 6-12 months after the first dose. For more information on the updated recommendations, read the MMWR:

For Parents and Public

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HPV is a very common virus; nearly 80 million people—about one in four—are currently infected in the United States. Learn how you can protect the children in your from this cancer-causing virus.

For Healthcare Professionals

HPV You are the key

Provided on this site are ready-to-use tools and resources for your practice to successfully communicate with parents about HPV vaccination.

Know the Facts: Continuing education on the burden of HPV cancer.

Commit to the Cause: Improving HPV vaccination coverage rates.

Lead the Conversation: Successful recommendations & conversations.


For Partners and Programs

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CDC encourages partner organizations, state programs, and cancer leaders to promote adolescent vaccinations within their communities by increasing awareness about their importance. This toolkit provides HPV vaccination resources as well as guidance on enhancing vaccination efforts at the clinician, patient, and partnership level.

Outreach to Parents: Get tools and materials aimed at answering common questions parents have about HPV vaccination.

Outreach to Clinicians: Find ways to help clinicians integrate HPV vaccine best practices into their office settings.

Establishing Partner Networks: Discover ways to leverage partnerships to increase public awareness and support for HPV vaccination.

Partner Spotlights: Read about what some of our partners and programs are doing.