What is the HPV vaccine and what does it protect against?
The HPV vaccine helps protect against cancers caused by HPV, including: cervical cancer. some mouth and throat (head and neck) cancers. some cancers of the anal and genital areas.
What does HPV protect you from?
HPV vaccination is cancer prevention. HPV is estimated to cause nearly 36,000 cases of cancer in men and women every year in the United States. HPV vaccination can prevent 33,000 of these cancers by preventing the infections that cause them. That’s the same as the average attendance for a baseball game.
Does the HPV vaccine eliminate the virus from the body?
The vaccine does not contain any live virus, or even killed virus or DNA from the virus, so it cannot cause cancer or other HPV-related illnesses. When the vaccine is given, the body makes antibodies in response to the protein to clear it from the body.
What strains of HPV does the vaccine protect against?
All three HPV vaccines protect against HPV types 16 and 18 that cause most HPV cancers. Gardasil-9 (Merck), a nine-valent HPV vaccine (9vHPV) that protects against HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58, is the only HPV vaccine currently distributed in the U.S.
What are the worst side effects of the HPV vaccine?
Severe side effects, or adverse events, are uncommonly reported and have included:
- Blood clots.
- Guillain-Barre syndrome.
- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy.
- Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
What happens if you don’t get the 2nd HPV shot?
If you’re a few days late getting your second or third dose of GARDASIL®9, don’t panic. If you miss a dose, your healthcare professional will decide when to give the missed dose. Alternatively, boys and girls 9 through 14 years of age may receive 2 doses of the vaccine.
What happens if I only get one HPV shot?
The researchers confirmed that HPV infections were “significantly less prevalent” among those exposed to at least one vaccine dose. But there was also “no significant difference” in HPV infection risk between those who had taken one, two or three doses.
Does HPV vaccine weaken immune system?
The researchers found that in most of the individuals, vaccination increased the quantity and quality of HPV immunity. Levels of antibodies against HPV16 in four of the vaccinated individuals increased, an average of 77-fold.
Can you get HPV from a toilet seat?
Even if a person delays sexual activity until marriage, or only has one partner, they are still at risk of HPV infection if their partner has been exposed. You cannot get HPV from: Toilet seats. Hugging or holding hands.
How can I build up my immune system against HPV?
Review Your Diet
There is some thought that certain B-complex vitamins are effective in boosting your immune system when it comes to fighting off HPV. These are riboflavin (B2), thiamine (B1), vitamin B12, and folate.