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Why is the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine given to preteens?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is recommended for preteens at ages 11 or 12 years because it works best when the vaccine series is given prior to exposure to HPV infection. Preteens have very little risk of exposure to HPV.

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