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04/17/17
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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.

In the Unites States every year, there are about 17,000 women and 9,000 men affected by Human Papillomavirus virus (HPV)-related cancers. Many of these cancers could be prevented with vaccination. In both women and men, HPV can cause multiple types of cancer. 

The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center recently partnered with the Wicomico Health Department and the Department of Pediatrics to implement a department of Health and Mental Hygiene effort to increase the percent of Maryland adolescents who are fully vaccinated against HPV.

Three vaccinations are recommended for boys and girls ages 11-12 years: HPV, tetanus, diphtheria and acellar pertussis, and meningococcal. Nationally, HPV vaccination coverage lags behind the other vaccinations for this age group and remains far below the Healthy People 2020 target of 80% coverage by 2020.  HPV vaccine is also recommended for girls 13 through 26 years and for boys ages 13 through 21 years, who have not yet been vaccinated.

For more information on the updated recommendations, read the MMWR: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6549a5.htm.