Vaccination Schedules & Recommendations
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: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6549a5.htm.
When is the right time to vaccinate against HPV?
Receiving a recommendation for vaccination from a clinician is the main reason parents choose to vaccinate their children. Avoid missed opportunities by strongly recommending the HPV vaccine to parents of 11- 12 year-olds on the same day and in the same way that you recommend Tdap and meningococcal vaccines. Use the resources below for more information about vaccinating adolescents in your practices.
Take Action By:
- Using CDC’s Tips and Timesavers for Talking with Parents about HPV Vaccine factsheet to better understand how to give a strong and effective recommendation, as well as to answer questions that parents may have about HPV vaccine.
- Downloading CDC’s Vaccine Schedules app to access the most up-to-date immunization schedules from the touch of your finger.
- Preparing parents for vaccination by sending parents of 9 and 10 years olds a letter that explains the vaccines routinely recommended for preteens.
- Page last reviewed: March 10, 2017
- Page last updated: March 3, 2017
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