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Who should get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination is recommended for preteen girls and boys at age 11 or 12 years, and for girls ages 13 through 26 years and boys ages 13 through 21 years who have not yet been vaccinated.

HPV vaccines are given in a series of three shots over six months. For the best protection against the most dangerous types of HPV, it is very important to get all three shots long before being exposed. Someone can be exposed to HPV through many kinds of sexual activity, not just through “sex.” It’s important not to wait until sexual activity starts to give the vaccine; HPV infection can happen even the first time someone becomes sexually active.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.