The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approved HPV vaccines for girls in 2006 and for boys in 2009.
Gardasil protects against four HPV types: 6, 11, 16 and 18.
Cervarix protects only the high risk HPV types: 16 and 18.
The recommended dose is three shots over a six-month period.

In 2010, the CDC found less than 50% of girls ages 13 to 17 received Gardasil and of those girls, one-third never finished the three-shot series. Doctors say failure to complete the three vaccinations will reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine.



  • CDC says both Gardasil and Cervarix vaccines are licensed and safe for girls age 9-26
  • CDC recommends that all 11 or 12 year old girls get the 3 doses (shots) of either brand of HPV vaccine to protect against cervical cancer.


  • CDC says Gardasil is also licensed, safe, and effective for males ages 9 through 26 years.
  • CDC recommends Gardasil for all boys aged 11 or 12 years, and for males aged 13 through 21 years, who did not get any or all of the three recommended doses when they were younger.
  • CDC says all men may receive the vaccine through age 26, and should speak with their doctor to find out if getting vaccinated is right for them.


Both Gardasil and Cervarix have its critics. However, the CDC maintains that both vaccines have been tested, approved, and continue to be monitored for safety:

FDA has licensed the vaccines as safe and effective. Both vaccines were tested in thousands of people around the world. These studies showed no serious side effects. Common, mild side effects included pain where the shot was given, fever, headache, and nausea. As of July 2012, approximately 46 million doses of quadrivalent HPV vaccine were distributed in the United States. As with all vaccines, CDC and FDA continue to monitor the safety of these vaccines very carefully. These vaccine safety studies continue to show that HPV vaccines are safe.



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