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The HPV vaccine

A vaccine called Gardasil has been developed which can significantly decrease your child's chances of developing HPV-related cancers and genital warts.

Over 205 million doses of the Gardasil vaccine have been distributed worldwide as of 31 December 2015.

The vaccine protects against the two high-risk HPV types (types 16 and 18) which cause 70% of cervical cancers in women and 90% of all HPV-related cancers in men. It also protects against the two low-risk HPV types (types 6 and 11) which cause 90% of genital warts in men and women.

The vaccine is given in three doses over six months, as an injection in the upper arm.

Go to the The HPV vaccine program section for much more information about the vaccine.

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The HPV vaccine is a prescription medicine. Medicines have benefits and risks. After reading this website, talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of this vaccine and to check eligibility.

Females who have had the HPV vaccine still need regular Pap tests.