What is the quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine?

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The quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is a vaccine that protects against HPV strains 6, 11, 16 and 18. These strains are responsible for 90% of genital warts, 75% of cervical cancer cases and 70% of vaginal cancer cases. The quadrivalent HPV vaccine is available under the brand name Gardasil. The quadrivalent form of the vaccine can be given to both females and males, ages nine through 26.

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