HPV Vaccine Series

Immunization against the high-risk strains of human papilloma virus (HPV) is strongly recommended for women who are 18-26 years of age.  Although the vaccine is most effective if the full series of 3 injections is given prior to becoming sexually active, it can still provide important protection against HPV if all previous Pap smears have been negative. The HPV series is available by prescription through most pharmacies.