There is a vaccine for HPV called Gardasil that protects against the four strains that cause most genital warts and cervical cancers, as well as vaginal and vulvar cancers in females, anal cancer in females and males, throat cancer in females and males, and penile cancer in males.
Gardasil-9 is an FDA-approved HPV vaccine. It is recommended for both males and females. It is routinely given at 11 or 12 years of age, but it may be given beginning at age 9 years through age 26 years.
Three doses of Gardasil-9 are recommended with the second dose given 1-2 months after the first dose and the third dose given 6 months after the first dose.
Anyone under the age of 18 who wants to get the HPV vaccine needs to have their parent or guardian sign a consent form.