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Do we need booster vaccinations for human papillomaviruses (HPV) infection?

Booster shots of the HPV vaccine aren't needed, but many people don't realize that the vaccine is given in multiple doses over a six-month period. One study suggested that kids may miss out on the second and third doses because parents expect the pediatrician's office to call them back in for the shots. Often, the offices don't, so the vaccine can be forgotten. Make sure your child (or you) get all three needed shots, to ensure full protection against the virus. When the first dose is received, go ahead and make appointments or schedule reminders for the later shots.

Studies are under way to determine whether booster vaccinations (supplementary doses of a vaccine, usually smaller than the initial dose or doses that are given to maintain immunity) are necessary.

This answer is based on source information from the National Cancer Institute.

At this time, booster vaccinations for human papillomavirus (HPV) infection are not needed. Once the original HPV vaccination series is completed, no further vaccinations are recommended.

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