HPV vaccine reduced to two doses In Canada

safety riskAccording to the CDC, the HPV vaccine is recommended to boys and girls starting from age 9 and is administered in a series of three doses. However, new research shows that a third dose may not be needed.

New HPV Vaccine Research

Girls in Quebec will be the first to benefit from the new research that suggests the HPV vaccine is effective with only two doses.

These changes apply only to girls who received their first two doses of vaccine against HPV as pre- adolescent, between the ages of 9 and 10.

Girls who began the series of vaccinations after puberty will still need to get the original three shots.

Dr. Chantal Sauvageou, of Quebec’s National Institute for Public Heath, says that with the scientific data available they believe two doses will be sufficient.

Quebec is not the first jurisdiction deciding to drop the third dosage of the HPV vaccine. Switzerland has a two-dose regimen with the second shot given six-months after the first, which is the approach Quebec will be using.

Is It Safe to Only Receive Two Vaccine Doses?

In Reference to the CDC data, approximately 79 million Americans are infected with HPV and about 14 million people will become newly infected each year, which is why the CDC recommends that individuals receive these vaccines.

Like any vaccine, individuals run the risks of experiencing adverse reactions at the site of the injection.

According to the CDC some of the non threatening symptoms that occur are:

  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Hives

The most commonly reported symptoms are:

  • Injection-site pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling

If your child has had any adverse reactions please visit or contact your local health care provider for further information.

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