HPV Vaccine is cancer prevention.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
- HPV is a common virus that infects teens and adults. About 14 million people, including teens, become infected with HPV each year.
- HPV infection can cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in women and penile cancer in men. HPV can also cause anal cancer, cancer of the back of the throat (oropharynx), and genital warts in both men and women
When should my child be vaccinated?
- All kids who are 11 or 12 years old should get two shots of HPV vaccine six to twelve months apart. Getting vaccinated on time protects preteens long before ever being exposed to the virus.
- People get HPV from another person during intimate sexual contact. Some children may need three doses of HPV vaccine.
Is HPV vaccine safe for my child?
HPV vaccination can cause side effects.
The benefits of HPV vaccination far outweigh any potential risk of side effects. It is important to tell the doctor or nurse if your child has any severe allergies, including an allergy to latex or yeast.
*HPV vaccine is not recommended for anyone who is pregnant.