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Can I still request to get the HPV vaccine after age 26? I don't see how it would suddenly not work after age 26

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Vaccines and medications have age ranges that are approved by the FDA (government agency).
The age ranges are based on the research studies, which means the effects of Gardasi vaccine after age 26 are less known, unknown, less safe, etc... A person can always request a vaccine, and many doctors will say NO, but some will say YES. It would be "off label", so it would be self-pay (not insurance).

In brief: Yes

Vaccines and medications have age ranges that are approved by the FDA (government agency).
The age ranges are based on the research studies, which means the effects of Gardasi vaccine after age 26 are less known, unknown, less safe, etc... A person can always request a vaccine, and many doctors will say NO, but some will say YES. It would be "off label", so it would be self-pay (not insurance).
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

it's not that the vaccine doesn't work.
It's just that it's not as effective at preventing cervical cancer if you have already been exposed to it.

In brief: Depends

it's not that the vaccine doesn't work.
It's just that it's not as effective at preventing cervical cancer if you have already been exposed to it.
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
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Dr. Tanya Russo
Agreed. Also, the immune response is not as robust as when given earlier in age.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes.. but....

To get drugs approved through the FDA it requires decades of research & proof of safety & effectiveness.
The 9-26 age group was the target whose data was gathered & approved. It likely works for anyone with a normal immune system. Insurance companies usually only cover those in the FDA approved target. It is a pricy series, you can likely get it but expect to pay for it yourself.

In brief: Yes.. but....

To get drugs approved through the FDA it requires decades of research & proof of safety & effectiveness.
The 9-26 age group was the target whose data was gathered & approved. It likely works for anyone with a normal immune system. Insurance companies usually only cover those in the FDA approved target. It is a pricy series, you can likely get it but expect to pay for it yourself.
Dr. James Ferguson
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