The CDC has unveiled two new recommendations on the HPV vaccine.
The HPV vaccination has been historically given in three doses to girls between the ages of 8-26. The vaccination is intended to protect against cancers caused by HPV, or human papillomavirus. With the new recommendations outlined by the CDC the vaccine moves from a three dose vaccine to a two dose vaccine for anyone who begins the vaccine series before the age of 15.
After the age of 15, both girls and boys, should receive three doses of the vaccine.
In addition to a change in the dosage amount, the CDC also made a statement to encourage adult vaccinations.
“Vaccinations are not just for kids,” said Dr. William Schaffner to ABC News. “There are any number of vaccines that are targeted to adults. We can do a much better job to deliver these vaccines.”
Some of the barriers making it more difficult for adults to receive vaccinations are the lack of information from their physician, the cost of the vaccinations and the time it would take to get them.
But like the HPV vaccine, many vaccines should be seen as preventative care for more serious issues.