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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.

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