October 20, 2018
HPV Vaccine Recommendations
Wellness Tip

HPV Vaccine Recommendations

by Berkeley Wellness  

Girls and young women should get all three doses of the HPV vaccine (either Gardasil or Cerverax), which protects against strains of the human papillomavirus that cause most cases of cervical cancer.

Ideally, the three shots should be given to 11- and 12-year-old girls over a six-month period; unvaccinated women up to age 26 should also get the shots.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend three doses of Gardasil over six months for boys age 11 or 12, and for unvaccinated males 13 to 21 years. Men may receive the vaccine through age 26; if you're within that age range, talk with your doctor.

A recent study found that the number of girls and women getting vaccinated has been dropping since the vaccine became available in 2006. Moreover, among those who get the first shot, only 22 percent finish the series, compared to 50 percent in 2006.

Not completing the series reduces the effectiveness of the vaccine.