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The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Approves New HPV Recommendations for Adults Up to Age 45

Each year in Alabama more than 750 cases of HPV associated cancers in both men and women will be diagnosed. According to the CDC, HPV is thought to be responsible for about 91% of cervical cancers, 75% of vaginal cancers, 69% of vulvar cancers, 63% of penile cancers, 91% of anal cancers, and 70% of oropharyngeal cancers.

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) unanimously voted to expand the recommended HPV vaccine “catch-up” age for men from 21 to 26, matching the existing guidelines for women. In a 10-4 vote, the ACIP committee also recommended adults ages 27 through 45 who had not been adequately vaccinated make shared decisions with their doctors about getting vaccinated. Adults older than 45 who have not been vaccinated are not advised to do so, since HPV vaccines are not licensed for use in that age group. 

Visit the CDC ACIP page to view the full June 2019 recommendation list. 


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