Can HPV vaccinations protect against genital warts?

Vaccinations that protect against HPV may help reduce your risk for genital warts. There are many types of HPV (human papillomavirus), and vaccinations may protect you from several of the types. These vaccines are given in a series of three injections and protect against HPV types 6 and 11 (which cause about 80% of the cases of genital warts), and 16 and 18 (which can cause cervical cancer). These vaccines are recommended for girls and women between the ages of 9 and 26, so talk to your doctor if you're interested in being vaccinated.

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