Those that work in peds, do you see many boys, ages 10-12 being vaccinated?
No, youngest pt I've given it to was probably 15 yrs. This is around the age that the MD starts talking to them and risk taking behavior and this vaccine. I'd say the average age for the hpv vaccine would be between 16-18 yrs old. They can receive it up until 26 though.
I have seen more & more males receiving it at local health departments. For clarification, the vaccine can be administered through the age of 26. If someone turns 27 and has an incomplete series, they should complete the series. Off-label, it doesn't matter.
It is recommended that providers begin talking to parents at age 11-12 about the vaccine, rather than later. The point is to get them before they become sexually active. It can be administered as young as age 9.
For boys who received at least one dose of HPV vaccine, coverage increased by 7 percentage points to about 8 percent (1.4% in 2010 v. 8.3% in 2011).
I am only really familiar with Gardasil as that is what we give at my clinic. It can be given as young as 9-11yrs male and female.
The other one, Cervarix, is only licensed for females. I personally think it is an inferior vaccine b/c it only protect against HPV Types 16 & 18 (cervical cancer-causing) & not the additional 6 & 11 (wart-causing) that Gardasil protection provides.
I agree Mariebailey. I also have recommended to friends/family the Gardasil series over Cervarix due to the broader coverage and had my daughter receive the Gardasil series -even though her Pedi was pushing Cervarix.