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26 years and want know when HPV Vaccination for Cervical Cancer can be taken. Any age restriction?

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My wife is 26 years and want know when HPV Vaccination for Cervical Cancer can be taken. Does this have any age restriction?
Posted Tue, 20 Aug 2013 in Women's Health
Answered by Dr. S Patra 1 hour later

Thanks for writing to us on Healthcare Magic.

HPV vaccination is recommended to protect from certain types of Cervical cancer, Genital warts etc. It is highly effective against cervical cancer, caused by above 2 types. Near about 30% of cervical cancers will not be prevented by the vaccines. Recent studies show that it will give life time protection on completed vaccine series.

Yes, the vaccine has age restriction. This can only be taken by 9 to 26 years age group of females. It is not recommended over 26 years age women. According to CDC, it is safe and effective on particular age group only. However, it does not protect HPV related diseases which is already present in the individual's body.

In addition, this vaccine is not for HPV cure. Every sexually active women needs to undergo periodic health check up along with pap smear test as a screening for cervical cancer.

Hope, it helps for your information. If you need any clarification, you can freely ask me.

Wish your good health and take care yourself.

Dr Soumen
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