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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Adults Up To Age 45 And At Risk For HPV Infection Can Get Vaccine


Last updated 6/22/2020 at 12:20pm

Dear Mayo Clinic,

Why is the HPV vaccine now offered to adults and adolescents? I was surprised to hear that it’s recommended up to age 45. Will the vaccine do any good for adults who already have HPV?

Answer: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that some adults ages 27 to 45 talk with their health care provider about the human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine. The vaccine isn’t necessary for everyone in that age group. The focus is on people who weren’t vaccinated when they were younger and are at risk for infection. If you’re older than 26 and are...

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