Is it worth having the HPV vaccine?
The vaccine is effective at stopping people getting the high-risk types of HPV that cause cancer, including most cervical cancers and some anal, genital, mouth and throat (head and neck) cancers. It’s important to have both doses to be properly protected.
Does the HPV vaccine protect you forever?
How long does vaccine protection last? Research suggests that vaccine protection is long-lasting. Current studies have followed vaccinated individuals for ten years, and show that there is no evidence of weakened protection over time.
What is HPV vaccine good for?
HPV vaccination is preventing cancer-causing infections and precancers. HPV infections and cervical precancers (abnormal cells on the cervix that can lead to cancer) have dropped since 2006, when HPV vaccines were first used in the United States.
What does the HPV vaccine protect me from?
The HPV vaccine helps protect you against certain types of HPV that can lead to cancer or genital warts. Also known by the brand name Gardasil 9, the HPV vaccine protects against: HPV types 16 and 18 — the 2 types that cause 80% of cervical cancer cases. HPV types 6 and 11, which cause 90% of genital warts cases.
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)
How long does the HPV vaccine last in your body?
To date, protection against infections with the targeted HPV types has been found to last for at least 10 years with Gardasil (18), up to 11 years with Cervarix (17), and at least 6 years with Gardasil 9 (19).
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.
Do I need HPV vaccine if married?
“If you are married, monogamous, and 35 — there’s probably no reason to run out and get the HPV vaccine. But if you’re dating and having new partners, and are at risk for acquiring new infections, it would be worth having a discussion with your provider,” Eckert said.
Can you still get HPV if you have had the vaccine?
There is a small chance that someone might still get genital warts after having all their HPV vaccine shots. The vaccine protects against 90% of the HPV strains that cause genital warts. But there are lots of different strains (types) of HPV and the vaccine cannot protect against them all.
What happens if you don’t get the 2nd HPV shot?
If your child has the first dose of the vaccine as part of the free program but misses the second dose, they will need to ‘catch up’ this dose. Your local school immunisation provider will usually contact you if a dose has been missed.
How effective is the HPV vaccine in females?
HPV Vaccine Effectiveness
The HPV vaccine works extremely well. In the 10 years after the vaccine was recommended in 2006 in the United States, quadrivalent type HPV infections decreased by 86% in female teens aged 14 to 19 years and 71% in women in their early 20s.
How common is HPV in females?
Genital HPV is the most common STI in the United States for both women and men. About 79 million Americans have HPV. It is so common that 80% of women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lifetime.