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Hpv (human Papillomavirus) Vaccine For Adults


The HPV vaccine is an injection given to females and males to protect against human papillomavirus infection. HPV is most commonly spread through sexual activity. It can also be spread from a mother to her baby during delivery. The HPV vaccine is most effective if given before sexual activity begins. This allows your body to build almost complete protection against HPV before you have contact with the virus. The HPV vaccine is still effective through the age of 26 after sexual activity has begun.


Call 911 for any of the following:

  • You have signs of a severe allergic reaction, such as trouble breathing, hives, or wheezing.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have a high fever or behavior changes that concern you.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have questions or concerns about the HPV vaccine.

Apply a warm compress

to the area to relieve swelling and pain.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.