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Why can't women over age 26 get vaccinated for HPV?

 Dr. Diane Harper
Health Education
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil has been tested in women ages 26 to 45; Cervarix has been tested in women ages 25 to 72. Both provide protection from specific HPV-type infections in women who have never been exposed to those types of HPV before. Because the number of women over age 26 who have not been exposed to HPV is small, the public health benefit of vaccination is not recognized. But you personally may benefit if your past sexual exposure has been limited. This is something to discuss with your doctor.
Evelyn Minaya, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Women and men cannot get the vaccine after the age of 26, because studies have found that it does not work well to protect against the virus.

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