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HPV Vaccine

Family Planning offers Gardasil to women and men up to age 26

The vaccine prevents the strains of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) that most commonly cause genital warts and cancer — including cervical, anal, oral and penile cancers.

Gardasil is given in a series of shots over a six-month time period. For young women and men between the ages of 15 to 26, the HPV vaccine is three separate shots. Young people between the ages of 9 to 14, however, only need to get two shots.

It’s recommended that children get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12, so they’re fully protected years before becoming sexually active. Those under 18 need parental consent to receive their immunizations.

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