The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends this vaccination series for all girls 11 years of age and older. The series of shots are administered over a six-month time frame. It is important that all three shots are given to ensure protection against HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer.
About 20 million people – mostly teenagers and people in their early twenties – are infected with HPV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Consult your family physician for more information about vaccinations.