Vaccination Schedules & Recommendations

When is the right time to vaccinate against HPV?

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. Recommend HPV vaccination in the same way and on the same day as all adolescent vaccines. You can say, “Now that your child is 11, he/she is due for three vaccines today. These will help protect him/her from the infections that can cause meningitis, HPV cancers, and pertussis.”
  3. Preparing parents for vaccination by sending parents of 9 and 10 years olds a letter that explains the vaccines routinely recommended for preteens.
  4. Making an effective referral for vaccines you don’t stock in your practice.


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Clinician FAQ: CDC Recommendations for HPV Vaccine 2-Dose Schedules
CDC now recommends that 11 or 12 year olds receive 2 doses of HPV vaccine instead of 3. This resource helps explain the reasons for changing the HPV vaccine recommendation, and provides tips for talking with the parents of your patients about the change.Printer-friendly PDF Cdc-pdf[2 pages]


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HPV Vaccine Information for Clinicians Cdc-pdf[4 pages]
This resource provides information about the background of HPV vaccine, recommendations, safety, effectiveness, and duration of protection. It also provides information on dosing schedules around the 2-dose recommendation.


Immunization Schedules
Immunization Schedules
Schedules to order or print, recommendations to consult, and tools to download.


CDC Vaccine Schedules App
CDC Vaccine Schedules App
Immediately access all CDC recommended immunization schedules and footnotes using the CDC Vaccine Schedules app. Optimized for tablets and useful on smartphones, the app shows the child, adolescent, and adult vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).


Tips and Timesavers for talking with parents about HPV vaccine
Tips and Timesavers for Talking with Parents about HPV Vaccine Cdc-pdf[1 page]
Use this resource to find effective ways to answer the questions that parents have about HPV vaccination.


MMWR: Use of 9-Valent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
MMWR: Use of 9-Valent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Cdc-pdf[24 pages]
Get information about 9-valent HPV vaccine including history, use, and recommendations.


MMWR: Use of 9-Valent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
MMWR: Use of a 2-Dose Schedule for Human Papillomavirus Vaccination
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.