Re: Going to get the Hepatitis A, B, and HPV Vaccine soon
All three are good vaccines to get. You will probably get the combination Hepatitis A & B vaccine called Twinrix....and that way you get one shot with both vaccines instead of two shots separately. It's given in three shots...your first, the second shot is fgiven a month later and the third six months after the first. You catch Hepatitis A usually from contaminated food. Hepatitis B is contracted through bodily fluids. Both are serious diseases you need to be protected from. The HPV vaccine protects from 70% of the viruses that cause cervical cancer and genital warts. It's given in three shots also... your first, the second shot is given 1-2 months after the first and the third is given six months after the first. Most likely you will get the Hepatitis A&B shot and the HPV shot at the same visits. There are two HPV vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, and both are relatively the same. Your doctor will give you the one he/she reccomends. Make sure you return and receive the second and third doses of both vaccines to be completely protected. Both the Hepatitis and the HPV shots are given in your upper arm so they will probably give you a shot in each arm. You may experience some soreness in your arms for a day or so but you're getting protected against serious diseases. If you haven't had the meningitis vaccination (only one shot) and the new tetanus booster (Tdap) it would be a good idea to get them as well. You're wise to stay healthy and be up to date on all your vaccinations.