Fall 2016 vaccine changes

VACCINE CHANGES FOR PRE-TEENS AND TEENS

In October, 2016 the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics updated the schedules for the HPV (human papilloma virus) and MenB (meningococcal type B) vaccines.

HPV immunity is now adequate with only TWO doses 6-12 months apart when given between ages 9 and 14 years.  This means the two doses could be given at annual check-ups and no extra visits required.

For teens 15 and older, they will continue to need all THREE doses at the starting time, 2 months later and 6 months later.  This should be considered when choosing when to start your HPV series.

MenB vaccine is now a TWO dose series given 6 months apart for all brands. (Brands may not be mixed however.)  This vaccine is recommended for high risk groups only at this time, for example, those with certain immune deficiencies or high school seniors who will living in a college dorm or military barracks after graduation.  Please call ahead if you wish to receive this vaccine.

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