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How does the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine protect me for life?

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The vaccine appears to offer long-term protection from HPV. But even women who have been vaccinated should see their gynecologist regularly for a Pap test to check for cervical cancer. The vaccine doesn’t protect against all HPV types that can cause cervical cancer.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Genital HPV Infection - Fact Sheet."

CDC: "What is HPV?"

CDC: "HPV Vaccine -- Questions & Answers."

CDC: "HPV Vaccine: What You Need to Know."

Center for Young Women's Health: "HPV Vaccine."

Giuliano, A. , February 2011; vol 364: pp 401-411. The New England Journal of Medicine

News release. FDA.

National Conference of State Legislatures: "HPV Vaccine."

Immunization Action Coalition: “HPV Vaccines: Questions & Answers.”

American Cancer Society: '' What are the key statistics about cervical cancer?''

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 30, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Genital HPV Infection - Fact Sheet."

CDC: "What is HPV?"

CDC: "HPV Vaccine -- Questions & Answers."

CDC: "HPV Vaccine: What You Need to Know."

Center for Young Women's Health: "HPV Vaccine."

Giuliano, A. , February 2011; vol 364: pp 401-411. The New England Journal of Medicine

News release. FDA.

National Conference of State Legislatures: "HPV Vaccine."

Immunization Action Coalition: “HPV Vaccines: Questions & Answers.”

American Cancer Society: '' What are the key statistics about cervical cancer?''

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 30, 2019

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