Think you’re too old for the HPV vaccine? Think again, say experts

(Leslie Young/ Global News) — If you’re a little too old to have received the HPV vaccine in school, should you still get it?

Probably, says the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

Most provinces vaccinate children against HPV (human papillomavirus) in late elementary or middle school. Some provinces, like B.C., also provide it for free to women who were born in 1994 or later but didn’t get their shot at school. In some circumstances, the vaccine is also provided to men.

But even if you don’t fit those categories, you should still consider getting the shot to protect against cervical cancer, says Dr. Jennifer Blake, CEO of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

“We certainly recommend that all young people should be vaccinated,” she said. “For women up to the age of 45 and beyond, it becomes an individual discussion that really depends on your circumstances.” (…)

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