HPV Vaccines

The first HPV vaccine, Gardasil, was licensed in 2006. It protected against 4 types of human papillomaviruses (HPV4), including the types that most commonly cause cervical cancer.

A second HPV vaccine, Cervarix, was approved in 2009. Together with an improved version of Gardasil (HPV9), they are given to all boys and girls beginning when they are 11 to 12 years old.

The HPV vaccines are well studied and in continuing studies have only been found to cause mild side effects, just like most other vaccines.

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