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Changes to the HPV vaccine schedule 2014 to 2015: advice for healthcare professionals

Comprehensive information on the change to the HPV programme from September 2014.

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Changes to the HPV vaccine schedule 2014 to 2015: advice for healthcare professionals

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From September 2014, the number of doses of Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that is given to teenage girls will change from 3 to 2.

The key changes to the programme are as follows:

  • the first dose can be given at any time during school year 8
  • the minimum time between the first and second dose should be 6 months where the priming dose is received at less than 15 years of age
  • the maximum time between the first and second dose is 24 months
  • for operational purposes, Public Health England recommends around a 12-month gap between the 2 doses which would reduce the number of HPV vaccination sessions. However, local needs should be considered when planning the programme