CDC Recommends Only Two Vaccines And Not Three Are Needed For HPV In Pre-Teens

First Posted: Oct 21, 2016 05:20 AM EDT

HPV vaccines have been available for years. But, only a small number of teens are having this kind of vaccine. Previously, people needed three vaccines to fight against HPV cancer. Now, CDC said that only two vaccines are needed.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Nancy Messonnier  said that "It will be simpler now for parents to get their kids the HPV vaccine series, and protect their kids from HPV cancers." Because the low number of kids are having this vaccine, according to CBS News.

CDC said that kids ages 11 to 12 years old  will only receive  two doses of vaccine against cervical cancer and several types of other cancer. The two doses of vaccine are already enough for kids in that age instead of the previous three shots. The CDC said that last Wednesday.

CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a statement, "Safe, effective, and long-lasting protection against HPV cancers with two visits instead of three means more Americans will be protected from cancer. This recommendation will make it simpler for parents to get their children protected in time."

In line, the recommendation of the CDC is that kids age 11 to 12 years old must have the two doses of vaccine six months apart. As for 13 and 14 years old they can also be vaccinated the same with the two-dose schedule.  However, teens at ages 15 all the way to 26 years old, they will have to continue with the three-dose vaccine, according to Reuters

The goal of the CDC is to protect children aged 11 or 12  against the virus before they become sexually active. As HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease and it is the leading cause of cancer death among women. Experts suggested that the vaccine is for both men and women, and for the teen and young adult who never had previously been vaccinated.

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