Types of HPV Vaccines
There are three HPV vaccines licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). All three HPV vaccines protect against HPV types 16 and 18 which cause most HPV cancers.
Since late 2016, only Gardasil-9 (9vHPV) has been distributed in the United States.
This vaccine protects against nine cancer-causing HPV types (6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58).
HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention!
Possible Side Effects
Like any vaccine or medicine, HPV vaccines can have side effects. The most common side effects are mild and include:
- Pain, redness, or swelling in the arm where the shot was given
- Dizziness or fainting (fainting after any vaccination, including the HPV vaccine, is more common among adolescents)
HPV Vaccine is SAFE! With more than 135 million doses distributed in the United States, the HPV vaccine has a reassuring safety record backed by over 15 years of monitoring and research.
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The benefits of HPV vaccination far outweigh the risk of potential side effects.