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  1. Who should NOT receive the Human Papillomavirus vaccine?
    Those who have demonstrated hypersensitivity to the any of the vaccine components or a previous dose of vaccine should be referred to their healthcare provider for possible exemptions. Gardasil should not be administered to people with a history of a severe allergic reaction to yeast (a vaccine component). Cervarix pre-filled syringes should not be administered to people with a hypersensitivity to latex. The HPV vaccines are not recommended for use in pregnant women.

  2. What about pregnant or breastfeeding women?
    HPV vaccine is not recommended for use in pregnant women. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when vaccines is administered to a nursing woman.

  3. Can I still receive HPV vaccine if I am already sexually active?
    Yes you can still receive HPV vaccine. However, sexually active females may get less protection and benefit from the HPV vaccine because they may have already been exposed to the HPV virus.

    The vaccine is currently approved for females aged 9-26 years old. For individual questions about the HPV vaccine you may contact a MILVAX-VHCN healthcare provider or send us an email message using our Ask VHC secure messaging system.

  4. Am I too old to get the HPV vaccination?
    HPV vaccine is currently indicated for use in females aged 9 through 26 years. This is because vaccine safety and protection studies have been done specifically for this population. If you have more questions about age indications, you may contact a MILVAX-VHCN healthcare provider or send us an email message using our Ask VHC secure messaging system.