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