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New Gardasil schedule for patients under 15

Gardasil will now be only a 2-vaccine series for patients who receive the first dose before their 15th birthday.  The second dose should be administered 6-12 months after the 1st.

If your adolescent starts the Gardasil vaccine series on or after their 15th birthday, a 3-dose series is recommended.  Dose #2 is administered 2 months after the 1st, and dose #3 is administered 4 months after the 2nd.

These recommendations come from the October 2016 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which is a panel of experts that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on vaccines.

Adolescents under 15 who have already received two doses, but less than 6 months apart, should receive a 3rd dose at least 4 months after the 2nd, as previously recommended.