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Restat the series of 3 HPV vaccines? Had one in '13

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My 18 y/o son is gay. He had only one HPV vaccine in Dec 2013. Considering how much time has past, will the 2nd vaccine he is planning to do now catch up or he’ll need to restart the series of 3 again? I am very concerned about the long term vaccine side effects for men, fertility etc. I was told that the vaccine is only beneficial for a few strains out of many and only protects for a couple of years. Thanks!


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replied August 16th, 2014
Herpes and Genital Warts Answer A48780
Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!
Since your son is younger than 26 years old (vaccine best given between 12-13 years and 21 years) then yes, he can take the HPV vaccine. The second shot is usually given after six months but can be given any time before completion of a year. So, please ask his doctor regarding this.

Yes, the vaccine is usually effective against four types of HPV virus and these are the main types affecting the human body. The other types usually do not cause any serious problems and disappear on their own. Hope this helps. Take care!


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