A three-stage vaccine has been proven to prevent cervical cancer.
An infection—called human papillomavirus (HPV)—is the main cause of cervical cancer. It is a sexually transmitted virus that has no symptoms and can also cause genital warts and anal and oral cancers in both men and women.
There is no cure for HPV infections. But a vaccine is available that has been proven effective in preventing cervical cancer. A series of three shots is given over a six-month period. All three doses must be completed for the vaccine to be effective. The HPV vaccine offers the best protection to girls and young women and boys who receive all three doses so they can develop an immune reaction. According to recent studies, the vaccine has cut infections in teen girls by more than half. Talk to your healthcare provider about the HPV vaccine for yourself or your child to protect against the threat of cervical cancer in the future.
Who should receive the vaccine and how often:
- It is recommended that girls between the ages of 11 and 12 have the vaccine. However, the vaccine is approved for girls and young women between the ages of 11 and 26.
- It is recommended that boys between the ages of 11 and 12 have the vaccine.
- Three shots are administered over a six-month period.
We offer help to pay for the HPV vaccine:
- If you don’t have insurance or you can’t afford the HPV vaccine, there is a program that could pay for the vaccine for you.