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HPV Update 2017

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Some health effects caused by HPV can be prevented with vaccines. The HPV vaccine is the #1 growing vaccine in the U.S. and is frequently called the cancer preventing vaccine.

The CDC now recommends children aged 11 to 12 years old 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.

Clinical Resources


CDC - Use of a 2-Dose Schedule for Human Papillomavirus Vaccination — Updated Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. This report includes new recommendations for use of a 2-dose schedule for girls and boys who initiate the vaccination series at ages 9 through 14 years. Three doses remain recommended for persons who initiate the vaccination series at ages 15 through 26 years and for immunocompromised persons.

CDC - Clinician FAQ: CDC Recommendations for HPV Vaccine 2-Dose Schedules. The 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.

CDC – HPV 2-Dose Decision Tree. Follow this chart to determine whether your patient needs two or three doses of HPV vaccine.

CDC - Current Issues in Immunization NetConference: Update on 2017 Child/Adolescent Immunization Schedule. Replay of a CDC webcast on updates to the 2017 child/adolescent immunization schedule presented by Candice L. Robinson, MD, MPH, Communications and Education Branch, Immunization Services Division, NCIRD, CDC.

Tools to Improve Vaccination Rates


CDC - Top 10 List for HPV #VaxSuccess. Ten ways to improve HPV vaccination rates among your patients.

CDC - Talking to Parents about HPV Vaccine. Time saving tips for talking to parents about HPV.

CDC - Just the Facts to Help Providers Discuss HPV Vaccination with Parents. This resource includes eight facts about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine with detailed references, including information about the vaccine’s safety, usage, and effectiveness.

Resources for Your Practice and Caretakers




CDC Video – You Are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention. Every year, 27,000 men and women are affected by HPV-related cancers. Most of these can be prevented by vaccinating boys and girls ages 11--12. This short video emphasizes the importance of prevention from three different perspectives.

The Arizona Partnership for Immunization - HPV Resources for Providers. Downloadable resources for providers to help educate parents and patients.

Recommending HPV Succesfully. Expert advice from Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases for the importance of recommending HPV vaccination for teenagers.