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HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

Recommended for young women and men

Learn how to prepare for your visit, how to get the most out of it and about any care restrictions here.

About this service

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is given as a series of 3 injections over 6 months. It helps protect patients under age 26 against cervical, vulvar, vaginal and anal cancers caused by 9 types of the human papillomavirus (HPV). This vaccination also helps to protect against genital warts.

What to know before your visit

The full vaccination series requires 3 visits over 6 months. To be fully protected, you will need to return for the second injection in 2 months and then the third injection 4 months later.

Our practitioners can provide this vaccine to patients between the ages of 9 and 26.* Patients over age 26 can complete the series as long as they received at least one dose before age 27.

Patients are able to receive the second and third injection at MinuteClinic® even if we didn't administer the first.

Patients receiving the second and third doses may be up to 28 years.

This vaccination is not available to pregnant women.

Service availability may vary in Connecticut.

Patients with the following may be directed to another health care provider:

  • Hypersensitivity reaction to yeast
  • History of allergy or adverse reactions to the vaccine
  • On anticoagulation therapy, with evidence of serious bleeding

What to expect at your visit

  1. Sign in at the electronic kiosk to see a nurse practitioner or physician assistant.** No appointment necessary.
  2. Review the Vaccine Information Sheet.
  3. Your practitioner will conduct a thorough review and then administer the vaccine.
  4. Your practitioner will recommend you return for the second and third dose.
  5. At the end of your visit, your practitioner will provide you with a summary, a receipt and educational material.
  6. The summary of your visit can be sent to your primary care provider with your permission.
  7. Your practitioner will recommend that you remain in the clinic waiting area for 20 minutes to ensure you have no adverse reactions. Practitioners are trained to respond to anaphylactic reactions.

*MinuteClinic® performs this service for patients 11 years or older in Kentucky.

**MinuteClinic® employs physician assistants in select states. See here for details.

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