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A 38-year-old member asked:

Should i get the hpv vaccine against cervical cancer? any negative side effects?

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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Sadly, Too Old: The HPV vaccine is a great prevention to avoid getting this common sexually transmitted disease. However, the vaccine is only approved up to age 26.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Some thoughts: This vaccine would likely help anyone with a mature immune system develop antibodies to the strains of HPV in the vaccine (currently 9). However, the vaccine was developed to target people before or early into sexual activity. The drug makers had to provide vaccine efficiency data for the ages approved, (9-26). You could get it, but you would have to pay for it out of pocket ($$$).

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A 49-year-old member asked:

What to do if not sure whether I should get the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: If you are in a monogamous relationship with a monogamous partner, at a listed age of 49, there is little need. You would also likely have to pay the entire cost of the 3 shot series out of pocket, as most insurers won't cover at that age. If you may be exposed in the future, and do not have HPV, it may be a benefit.

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Last updated Dec 17, 2017

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