Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Update

Cheryl Lau, PharmD Candidate Class of 2021; Hayden Carrion, PharmD Candidate Class of 2021; Michele Pisano, PharmD, BCGP, CDE; Carmela Avena-Woods, BS Pharm, PharmD, BCGP


US Pharmacist. 2020;45(9):17-20. 

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HPV continues to be the most prevalent sexually transmitted infection with clinical consequences that can be prevented with vaccination. There are over 100 known types of HPV, some of which are responsible for development of certain cancers with high mortality rates. The current HPV vaccine available in the U.S. is Gardasil9, which can be administered in children as young as age 9 years. Pharmacists play an increasingly crucial role in improving vaccination rates in children by communicating with parents about the availability and importance of the HPV vaccine, as well as debunking any myths surrounding the vaccine.