CDC says males and females up to age 26 should receive HPV catch-up vaccine

CDC has formalized the June 2019 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP’s) recommendation for both men and women to receive a catch-up human papilloma (HPV) vaccination up to 26 years of age. For average-risk men, the previous cutoff was age 21. Catch-up HPV vaccination has already been recommended for females through age 26 and certain special populations.

CDC recommends shared decision making for HPV catch-up vaccination for all adults ages 27 through 45, recognizing “that some persons who are not adequately vaccinated might be at risk for new HPV infection and might benefit from vaccination in this age range,” said authors about the recommendation in an August 16 CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Routine recommendations for HPV vaccination of adolescents have not changed.