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How effective is the vaccine?

The HPV vaccine provides almost 100% protection from HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18 if all three doses are received at the correct intervals, and if it is given before you have an infection with these types.

Protection is expected to be long-lasting.

The vaccine was first given in the major vaccine studies in 2003. The latest research shows the vaccine still offers close to 100% protection more than 5 years after it was received, and this protection shows no sign of weakening.

This research is ongoing.             

If booster shots are ever shown to be required, men and women will be contacted by the HPV Register, which keeps records of everyone who received the vaccine.

The vaccine program has already shown early signs of success in reducing HPV infections and related illnesses.

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The vaccine has been proven to offer almost 100% protection from HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18.

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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 Cervical Screening Tests.