The National Cancer Institute recently released a letter endorsing the new CDC recommendation for 11 to 12-year-old boys and girls to receive two doses of the HPV vaccine at least six months apart. All NCI-designated cancer centers, including the UW Carbone Cancer Center, endorsed the update. The HPV vaccine is still proven to be more effective the earlier it is given, however, young men and women between the ages of 15 and 26 are still encouraged to receive the vaccine. While the HPV vaccine has been proven to be safe and effective, vaccination completion rates remain low. Officials hope that this recommendation change will make completion easier for parents, patients, and providers.
The consensus statement can be found here.