Why is Cervarix prescribed?

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Cervarix is a vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually-transmitted virus. HPV can cause genital warts and certain cancers, such as cervical cancer, vaginal cancer and vulvar cancer. There are many types of HPV, and Cervarix is effective against only two of them: HPV types 16 and 18. Cervarix can prevent cancer only in people who have not been exposed to these HPV types, and it cannot guard against other types of HPV. This vaccine is usually given to girls and women ages 10 to 25.

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