ASCO Issues Guidelines on HPV Vaccination Based on Available Resources — Physician’s First Watch
ASCO Issues Guidelines on HPV Vaccination Based on Available Resources
By Amy Orciari Herman
The American Society of Clinical Oncology has issued guidelines on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination according to the resources available in a patient's community.
Among the recommendations for females, published in the Journal of Global Oncology:
All resource settings: Two doses of HPV vaccine are recommended for those aged 9 to 14 years, with intervals ranging from 6 months to 12–15 months.
Maximal and enhanced settings: If girls are 15 or older and received their first vaccine dose before age 15, they may complete the vaccine series; if they weren't vaccinated before age 15, three doses should be given. Vaccination may occur through age 26.
Limited and basic settings: If there are adequate resources after fully vaccinating at least 50% of girls aged 9 to 14, girls who received only one dose may complete the vaccine series between ages 15 and 26.
The various levels of resource availability are defined in Table 1 of the guidelines. In addition, advice for vaccinating males is offered, as is guidance on vaccinating those with immunosuppression.