What is the HPV Vaccine?

Who else should get the HPV vaccine?

All kids who are 11–12 years old should get two doses of the HPV vaccine, given 6 to 12 months apart. HPV vaccines can be given starting at age 9 years. Children who start the HPV vaccine series on or after their 15th birthday need three doses, given over 6 months.


Young women and young men can get the HPV vaccine through age 26. The vaccine is also recommended for any man who has sex with men through age 26, and for men with compromised immune systems (including HIV) through age 26 if they did not get the HPV vaccine when they were younger.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine

Approximately 79 million Americans are infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), and approximately 14 million people will become newly infected each year. Some HPV types can cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancer among women, penile cancer among men, and anal and some oropharyngeal cancers among both men and women. Other HPV types can cause genital warts among both sexes. Based on data from 2013 to 2017, about 45,300 new cases of HPV-associated cancers occurred in the United States each year, including about 25,400 among women, and about 19,900 among men.

Content Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

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