Confused about HPV schedule

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WhatsitallaboutAlfie1 Wed 19-Jun-19 16:05:58

Any advice? My dd had her first HPV vaccine a month ago at age 14. She is in year 9. It was a year later than her class, as she was off sick with flu last year. The school is suggesting she have her second dose this month - and says she will need 3 in total as she began having them late. I think this is wrong for 2 reasons - first, if you start the vaccines under the age of 15, you only need 2 doses. And secondly because, as I understand it, the doses should be 6-12 months apart - at least that's what the US health protection agency says on its website - otherwise you need 3 doses! Anyone know the answer or been this situation?

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dementedpixie Wed 19-Jun-19 17:03:37 according to this she should only need 2 doses as she started the doses under the age of 15. And it's 6-12 months between doses

dementedpixie Wed 19-Jun-19 17:09:45

Although the patient information leaflet says something different even though it is linked to from the nhs site:

If you are from 14 years of age

Gardasil should be administered according to a 3-dose schedule:

First injection: at chosen date
Second injection: 2 months after first injection
Third injection: 6 months after first injection

The second dose should be administered at least one month after the first dose and the third dose should be administered at least 3 months after the second dose. All three doses should be given within a 1-year period. Please speak to your doctor for more information.

WhatsitallaboutAlfie1 Wed 19-Jun-19 17:26:49

Thanks - it is confusing. The CDC (health protection agency in the States) says 2 doses if the child is under 15 when given first dose, with 6-12 months between doses.

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Lonecatwithkitten Wed 19-Jun-19 18:55:00

The licence in the US maybe different to the UK licence as they are not the same licensing body.
They will be following the UK licence.

dementedpixie Wed 19-Jun-19 19:03:31

But NHS website says different to the leaflet and actually matches the schedule on the CDC site.

dementedpixie Wed 19-Jun-19 19:05:50

From NHS: Girls who start the HPV vaccination after the age of 15 will need3 doses as they do not respond as well to2 doses as younger girls do


WhatsitallaboutAlfie1 Mon 24-Jun-19 11:47:44

I have double checked with school who checked with the vaccs team. DD is going to get her second vacc next year and only have the 2

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