Fast Five Quiz: Pediatric Vaccination Schedule

Abimbola Farinde, PharmD, PhD


July 15, 2021

The number of doses of HPV vaccine depends on age at initial vaccination. Children aged 9-14 years at the time of initial vaccination should receive a two-dose series at 0 and 6-12 months at a minimum interval of 5 months. If an adolescent receives two doses that are less than 5 months apart, a third dose of HPV vaccine is required.

Teens and young adults aged 15-26 years at the time of initial vaccination should receive a three-dose series at 0, 1-2 months, and 6 months. The minimum interval should be 4 weeks between dose 1 and dose 2, 12 weeks between dose 2 and dose 3, and 5 months between dose 1 and dose 3. Three doses are also recommended for patients 9-26 years of age who are immunocompromised, including those with HIV infection.

HPV vaccination is routinely recommended at age 11-12 years, but it can be administered as early as age 9 years. The catch-up HPV vaccination is recommended for all children and adolescents through age 18 years if not adequately vaccinated.

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