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