6 HPV Facts All Women Need to Know

2. Vaccination doesn’t guarantee protection

HPV vaccine in a vial next to a syringe

Vaccination only protects you against some HPV strains. | iStock.com

Everyone breathed a sigh of relief when the first HPV vaccine was released in 2006, thinking it essentially eliminated the risk of contracting the infection. But even if everyone follows the CDC’s recommendation to get vaccinated, or have their child vaccinated at around age 11 or 12, there is still no guarantee. Women’s Health points out while the vaccines target the strains most responsible for cancer, they don’t cover all the bases. There also isn’t any research for long-term efficacy, with most studies limited to around five years. Getting vaccinated is absolutely important, but it’s not an excuse to be careless.

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