“Reduced Dosing Schedules for Gardasil® Vaccination for Grade 6 girls” in British Columbia is a recent study led by researchers at the BC Centre for Disease Control, the Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia, and the BC Cancer Agency. It determined that two doses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine provides the same level of protective immunity from HPV as three doses – the previously recommended dosage. Based on these results, the immunization schedule for HPV has been changed in BC to two doses for grade six girls followed, should it be found to be required, by a third dose five years later. The study’s results gave BC’s policy makers the confidence to change the HPV vaccine program to a two-dose schedule. This new schedule is being implemented by all BC health authorities.
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