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HPV

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HPV is Cancer Prevention 

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that can cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in women and penile cancer in men. It can also cause anal and oropharyngeal (throat) cancer in BOTH men and women. Every year, 32,500 men and women develop a cancer caused by HPV. 

Women are able to be screened for cervical cancer through Pap smears, however there are not  screenings available for other types of cancer that can be caused by HPV.

HPV vaccination could prevent more than 90% of these cancers from ever developing.

  • When Should My Child Be Vaccinated?
Boys and girls should receive two shots of the HPV vaccine at 11 or 12. This provides the best immune response.  HPV can be given at the same time as other adolescent vaccines. Two doses of the vaccine should be given 6 to 12 months apart.
  • Is the HPV Vaccine Safe?

Yes! The HPV vaccine provides safe, effective and long-lasting protection. The HPV vaccine has been studied carefully by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevetion (CDC) and Food and Drug Administraton (FDA).   

Like other vaccines, mild side effects can occur. Mild side effects include pain in the arm where the shot was given, fever, dizziness, and nausea.

  • Additional Resources

HPV Vaccine Safety | English PDF 70 kb | Spanish PDF 157 kb|

HPV is Cancer Prevention (PDF 414 kb)

6 Reasons to Get HPV Vaccine for Your Child