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Changes to HPV vaccine schedule confirmed

20 May 2014

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Changes to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination scheme have been confirmed from September 2014. 

Starting in the next academic year, girls aged 12-13 will now be offered two doses instead of three doses. The doses should be given at least six months apart and not more than 24 months apart. 

And girls who have not had their first dose of HPV vaccine by the time they are 15 years old should be offered the three dose schedule, because their antibody response is not quite as good. 

Girls who have received two HPV vaccine doses under the 2013/14 programme should still receive their third dose to complete their course, a letter from Public Health England, NHS England and the Department of Health has stated.