HPV (Human Papillomavirus)


HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

Adolescent Vaccination Recommendation:
Routine administration is recommended for females and males between 11-12 years of age, but the vaccine series may be started at 9 years old. Vaccination is also recommended for females age 13-26 years and males age 13-21 years, who have not been vaccinated, or have not yet completed the series. 

As of October 2016, CDC recommends 11- to 12-year olds get two doses of HPV vaccine—rather than the previously recommended three doses—to protect against cancers caused by HPV. The second dose should be given 6-12 months after the first dose. View additional information on current CDC recommendations.

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. 

Visit the HPV Resource Center for additional tools & information.