I got my first HPV shot. Am I protected or do I need to get all of them to
prevent the STD? – Marina*
The HPV vaccine
works best when people receive all their shots on schedule:
For kids and teens ages 9–14, the HPV vaccine is given in 2 shots over a
6- to 12-month period.
For teens and young adults (ages 15–26 in girls and guys both), it's given
in 3 shots over a 6-month period.
Your best bet is to keep a calendar or set a phone reminder so you remember when
shots are due. After your first shot, ask the doctor or nurse when you'll need to
get the next shots. Schedule visits right then, if you can, or write down the dates
so you remember to set up something later.
But what if you've missed a shot? If you're under age 26, you can still catch up.
Just ask your doctor about the best way to do that.