HPV

HPV (Human papillomavirus)

  
Adolescent Vaccination Recommendation:
Routine administration is recommended for males and females at 11-12 years of age as a three-dose series at 0, 2, and 6 months. It is also recommended for females age 13 through 26 years and males age 13 through 21 years, who did not get any or all of the recommended vaccine doses when they were younger. Males may receive the vaccine through 26 years of age and should contact their doctor to see if vaccination is appropriate for them.


About human papillomavirus

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of more than 100 viruses that are usually spread through sexual contact. HPV has been associated with cervical cancer and anogenital cancers such as cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis, and anus. Some studies also support a role of genital types of HPV in non-genital cancers including oral cavity and throat cancers. 

There are currently two vaccines available to prevent infection with HPV (Cervarix® and Gardasil®). Both vaccines can be given to females; only Gardasil® can be given to males. Both vaccines protect against strains 16 and 18; these strains are responsible for about 70 percent of cervical cancers. Gardasil® also protects against strains 6 and 11, which are associated with 90 percent of genital warts. HPV infection can also be prevented by abstaining from sexual contact. Neither vaccine eliminates the need for cervical cancer screening, because the vaccines do not protect against all HPV infections that cause cervical cancer.

Visit the HPV Resource Center for additional tools & information.

Resources

5 Key Steps to Improve HPV Vaccination Rates

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): Infographic highlighting steps to make HPV vaccination routine

A Parent's Guide to Preteen and Teen HPV Vaccination

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC): Guide includes frequently asked questions about HPV and vaccination, including details about why vaccination is recommended at 11 or 12 years of age

About HPV

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Cervical Cancer Screening

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): What you should know about cervical cancer screening

Close the Door to Cancer

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Short video about protecting your pre-teens and teens against HPV

Diseases and the Vaccines that Prevent Them

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Fact sheet for parents with information on HPV vaccine recommendations and the link between HPV and cancer

Frequently Asked Questions about HPV and HPV Vaccines

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): HPV Resource Center

Genital HPV Infection - Fact Sheet

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Health Issues: Human Papillomavirus

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

HPV Radio Public Service Announcement (2012) - 30 Seconds

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): PSA highlighting HPV as a cause of throat cancer in males; includes a strong recommendation for vaccination to prevent HPV infection

HPV is a Serious Disease... Make Sure Your Child is Protected!

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC): Fact sheet answering top questions about HPV, including what it is, how people get it, and how to prevent it

HPV Vaccine for Preteens and Teens

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Information for parents about HPV vaccination

HPV Vaccine Information for Young Women - Fact Sheet

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Information about who should receive HPV vaccines and when

HPV Vaccine Safety

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): HPV Resource Center

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

FamilyDoctor.org

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines

National Cancer Institute: Fact Sheet

HPV Vaccine as Cancer Prevention

National Foundation for Infectious Disease (NFID): HPV Resource Center

Is there a Vaccine for HPV?

FamilyDoctor.org

Protect Yourself from HPV… Get Vaccinated!

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC): Fact sheet answering top questions about HPV, including what it is, how people get it, and how to prevent it

Put "HPV Cancer Prevention" on your Back-to-School Checklist

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Information about HPV for parents/guardians

Talking to Your Parents about HPV Vaccine

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Important facts on HPV disease and the vaccine, plus tips for making HPV-related conversations with parents/guardians less awkward

Talking to Your Pre-Teen about HPV Vaccine

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Resource to help parents talk to their children about HPV vaccines

What are the Benefits of HPV Vaccines?

American Cancer Society (ACS)

What is HPV?

American Cancer Society (ACS)

Why Your Doctor Says You Should get All 3 HPV Vaccine Shots

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Infographic emphasizing the importance of getting all 3 doses of HPV vaccine