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More than 270 million doses have been administered since 2006, reports the society, saying studies have shown the vaccine is safe.
The society adds:
- The HPV vaccination is for boys and girls. It helps prevent infection with the most common types of HPV that can cause cervical, throat, vulvar, vaginal, penile and anal cancer.
- The vaccine is recommended at ages 11 or 12.
- The shot is given in two doses, six- to 12-months apart.
- The vaccine does not contain harmful ingredients. It does contain aluminum, which is found in everyday food and cooking utensils, the ACS says.
- The vaccine does not cause fertility issues.
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