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State health officials recommend HPV vaccine starting at age 9 to reduce cancer risks

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The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has endorsed the National Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Roundtable’s campaign and is now urging individuals to consider receiving the HPV vaccine starting at age 9.

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This recommendation comes with evidence that the vaccine can prevent more than 90% of HPV-caused cancers later in life. NYSDOH, along with the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunizations, emphasizes the importance of early vaccination, with studies showing stronger immune responses in preteens and young teens.

The vaccine is administered in two or three doses, depending on the starting age, and can be given simultaneously with other vaccines.

The new guidance aims to increase the percentage of 13-year-old adolescents completing the HPV vaccine series, currently at only 40.2% in New York State. Officials note there is no advantage to vaccinating youth later in life, and they encourage individuals up to age 45 who are not already vaccinated to consult with their physicians about vaccination benefits. The move is part of a broader effort to promote early protection against HPV-related cancer risks.