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HPV Vaccine


What is HPV infection?

About 14 million people, including teens, become infected with HPV each year, mostly through sexual contact. HPV infection can cause cervical cancer in women and penile cancer in men. HPV can also cause anal cancer, throat cancer and many different forms of genital warts in both men and women.

How can you get protected from HPV?

This vaccine is for protection from the most dangerous cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. HPV vaccine is recommended for all boys and girls starting at 11-12 years of age. Teens need 3 doses of the HPV vaccine to get full protection. Learn more about HPV infection from the CDC.

The new HPV9 vaccine

In 2015, a new HPV vaccine was approved which expands on the protection provided by previous vaccines. This vaccine protects against 9 strains of HPV, compared to 2 and 4 strains in the two other vaccines. This provides more protection against HPV that can cause cancer later in life.

Is the HPV vaccine safe?

The HPV vaccine is safe and effective. Millions of doses have been administered by health care professionals since the vaccine was first developed in 2006. Studies have found that there are no serious safety concerns for this vaccine. The most common reaction is a sore arm where the injection was given. Learn more about HPV vaccine safety from the CDC.