HPV Vaccine

In addition to getting a regular Pap test, the HPV vaccine provides another layer of protection against cervical cancer.

  • The HPV vaccine can prevent cervical cancer.
  • The HPV vaccine protects against the four types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers and almost all genital warts.
  • The vaccine is given in a series of three shots over a period of six months.
  • Women who get the HPV vaccine still need to get regular Pap tests because the vaccine does not protect against all HPV types that cause cervical cancer.
  • The best time to vaccinate is before a woman becomes sexually active. However, women who are sexually active may also benefit from the vaccine.
  • Talk to your doctor about getting the HPV vaccine.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking weakens your immune system and puts you at risk for cervical cancer.