HPV (Human papillomavirus) vaccine can prevent infection with some types of human papillomavirus.
HPV infections can cause certain types of cancers including:
HPV vaccine prevents infection from the HPV types that cause over 90% of these cancers.
HPV is spread through intimate skin-to-skin or sexual contact. HPV infections are so common that nearly all men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some time in their lives.
Most HPV infections go away by themselves within 2 years. But sometimes HPV infections will last longer and can cause cancers later in life.
HPV vaccine is routinely recommended for adolescents at 11 or 12 years of age to ensure they are protected before they are exposed to the virus. HPV vaccine may be given beginning at age 9 years, and as late as age 45 years.
Most people older than 26 years will not benefit from HPV vaccination....