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Is there a maximum age limit to get vaccinated for hpv? If yes, why or why not? Is this a health or legal reason?

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Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 26

This is the maximum because this was the oldest age tested in clinical studies.
While the vaccine is theoretically safe in other age groups we cannot say so without specifically testing it. So the age restriction remains until that is done.

In brief: 26

This is the maximum because this was the oldest age tested in clinical studies.
While the vaccine is theoretically safe in other age groups we cannot say so without specifically testing it. So the age restriction remains until that is done.
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Targeting

When drug companies bring a drug to the FDA for approval they must have data on any age groups that they seek approval.
That takes time and money. It took 2+ decades and millions of dollars to bring this to market. It is likely the vaccine works for anyone with an intact immune system at any age. Use outside of the approved target is rarely covered by insurers,and subjects the doc to extra scruteny

In brief: Targeting

When drug companies bring a drug to the FDA for approval they must have data on any age groups that they seek approval.
That takes time and money. It took 2+ decades and millions of dollars to bring this to market. It is likely the vaccine works for anyone with an intact immune system at any age. Use outside of the approved target is rarely covered by insurers,and subjects the doc to extra scruteny
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Ferguson is right on the mark in highlighting the differences between official approvals, marketing, financial considerations, and common sense. Bravo.
Angela Zhang
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 26 yo

The hpv vaccines are recommended for women and men between the ages of 9-26.
It is not recommended for people over 26 because research has not demonstrated the vaccines to be effective for these individuals. The vaccines work best when given at ages 11 or 12 before initiation of sexual activity and because the vaccine produces higher antibody that fights infection when given at these ages.

In brief: 26 yo

The hpv vaccines are recommended for women and men between the ages of 9-26.
It is not recommended for people over 26 because research has not demonstrated the vaccines to be effective for these individuals. The vaccines work best when given at ages 11 or 12 before initiation of sexual activity and because the vaccine produces higher antibody that fights infection when given at these ages.
Angela Zhang
Angela Zhang
Answer assisted by Angela Zhang, Medical Student
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