HPV vaccine is cancer prevention.
Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a common infection that spreads by skin to skin contact. HPV is the most common cause of cervical cancer. HPV infection can also cause cancers of the vulva, vagina, penis, anus and oropharynx (back of the throat). HPV causes cancer in both men and women. The good news: You can prevent most of these cancers.
Doctors recommend the HPV vaccine for both boys and girls age 11-12.
The HPV vaccine protects against the most common cancers that HPV causes. Doctors recommend the vaccine for preteen boys and girls at age 11 or 12 before they begin sexual activity. The vaccine can be given as early as age 9. The vaccine works better when given at a younger age. If you or your teen haven't received the vaccine, it's not too late. Talk to their doctor about getting the vaccine for them as soon as possible.
HPV vaccine is free.
Washington provides all recommended vaccines at no cost for kids through age 18. They’re available from health care providers across the state.
Your provider may charge an office-visit fee and an administration fee for the vaccine. Families who can’t afford to pay can ask for the fee to be waived.
Under the Affordable Care Act, all health insurance plans should cover HPV vaccine at no cost.
Parents can protect adolescents from HPV cancers. Talk with your child’s doctor about the HPV vaccine. Make an appointment today.
Parents of preteens and teens:
- Put HPV Cancer Prevention on Your Back-to-School Checklist.
- HPV Vaccine is safe.
- Pierce County Immunization Coalition.