HPV (human papillomavirus)

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At CVS Pharmacy, vaccinations for adolescents through seniors are administered by a certified immunizing pharmacist. Age and state restrictions apply.* No appointment necessary.

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HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine

What is the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine?

The HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine can help to protect against cervical, vulvar, vaginal, penile and anal cancer as well as against genital warts. These are serious conditions that can be prevented with proper planning, including early intervention. If you are interested in the HPV vaccine, a MinuteClinic® provider can talk to you about the benefits and risks of the vaccine and administer it if appropriate.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) affects about 14 million people in the United States every year. There are more than 40 different kinds of HPV that can cause everything from warts to cancer. Nearly 80 million Americans are thought to suffer from one of these forms of HPV. The types of cancer that HPV can cause include cancers of the:

  • Anus
  • Cervix
  • Mouth
  • Penis
  • Throat
  • Vagina
  • Vulva

Can you get the HPV vaccine at any age?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that HPV vaccine be administered to preteen girls and boys to protect against HPV infections that can cause cancer later in life. Young adults through age 26 years who didn't start or finish the HPV vaccine series in their early teens are also recommended to receive the HPV vaccine. The HPV vaccine is given as a series of shots over a 6 to 12 month timeframe.

At what age is the HPV vaccine usually started?

The HPV vaccines are recommended for children 11 to 12 years of age. However, children as young as 9 may receive the vaccination.*

*Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site

Does the HPV vaccine help if I am already infected?

Yes. Despite the fact that you are already infected, the HPV vaccine can help prevent other strains of HPV infection.* Although the HPV vaccination can help prevent new strains of HPV from infecting you, it will not treat any existing HPV infections. The vaccine is most effective in protecting you when you get it before you are exposed to any strain of HPV.**

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HPV | Who Should Get Vaccine | Human Papillomavirus | CDC. Available at: site. (Accessed: 17 July 2016)

HPV Vaccine for Human Papillomavirus Fact Sheet for Parents | CDC. Available at: site. (Accessed: 17 July 2016)

HPV | Questions and Answers | Human Papillomavirus | CDC. Available at: site. (Accessed: 17 July 2016)

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*Vaccinations vary by state based on regulations. Age restrictions apply. See Immunization Scheduler for details.