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When should adults get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine?

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It is an option for all men through age 21, but is recommended for men who have sex with men or who have a compromised immune system (including HIV) who are ages 26 and younger.

CDC guidelines recommend two doses of the HPV vaccine. Some adults may have received doses of the HPV vaccine in childhood or adolescence. Re-vaccination in adulthood is recommended if the vaccination schedule was not completed.

From: HPV Vaccine for Adults WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC web site: ''Cervical Cancer Statistics,'' ''HPV Vaccine -- Questions & Answers;'' ''Genital HPV Infection --Fact Sheet;'' ''ACIP Recommendations on HPV;'' ''Human Papillomavirus (HPV);''  "HPV and Oropharyngeal Cancer - Fact Sheet;" and "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report," June 25, 2014.

National Cancer Institute web site: ''Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines.''

Merck web site: Gardasil package insert prescribing information.

GlaxoSmithKline web site: Cervarix package insert prescribing information.

Koutsky, L. , 1997. The American Journal of Medicine

Syrjanen, K. 1990. Sexually Transmitted Diseases,

FDA: "FDA approves Gardasil 9 for prevention of certain cancers caused by five additional types of HPV."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 31, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC web site: ''Cervical Cancer Statistics,'' ''HPV Vaccine -- Questions & Answers;'' ''Genital HPV Infection --Fact Sheet;'' ''ACIP Recommendations on HPV;'' ''Human Papillomavirus (HPV);''  "HPV and Oropharyngeal Cancer - Fact Sheet;" and "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report," June 25, 2014.

National Cancer Institute web site: ''Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines.''

Merck web site: Gardasil package insert prescribing information.

GlaxoSmithKline web site: Cervarix package insert prescribing information.

Koutsky, L. , 1997. The American Journal of Medicine

Syrjanen, K. 1990. Sexually Transmitted Diseases,

FDA: "FDA approves Gardasil 9 for prevention of certain cancers caused by five additional types of HPV."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 31, 2019

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