This medication is a vaccine used to prevent cancer of the anus, abnormal tissue growth of the anus, genital warts, or certain head and neck cancers. In girls and women, it is also used to prevent cancer of the cervix/vagina/vulva and abnormal tissue growth in these areas that can lead to cancer. These conditions are commonly caused by certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV). Vaccines work by increasing the body's natural defense (immunity) against the virus.This vaccine does not protect against all types of HPV, only the types in the vaccine. It is used to prevent the diseases and will not treat active anal/cervical/head/neck/vaginal/vulvar cancer, genital warts, or other diseases caused by the types of HPV in the vaccine.
How to use
This vaccine is given by injection into the muscle of the thigh or upper arm by a health care professional.
This vaccine is usually given as 3 separate doses. The second dose should be given 2 months after the first dose, and the third dose should be given 6 months after the first dose. For children younger than 15 years, this vaccine may also be given as 2 separate doses with the second dose given 6 to 12 months after the first dose. The vaccination schedule should be followed closely for the vaccine to be most effective.
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