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HPV Information & Vaccine
(human papillomavirus)

What is HPV? 


HPV (human papillomavirus) is a common virus that can lead to certain cancers in both males and females. It often has no signs or symptoms. For most people, HPV clears on its own. But for those who don’t clear the virus, it could cause certain cancers later in life. The CDC recommends routine HPV vaccination at ages 11-12, but vaccination can be initiated as early as age 9. 



HPV often has no signs or symptoms. As a parent, you may be surprised to learn that your son or daughter can be exposed to HPV through adolescent sexual experimentation with someone who has HPV. Anyone who has the virus can pass it on without even knowing it.

TENS OF THOUSANDS of people in the United States are diagnosed with certain HPV-related cancers each year.

Talk to Your Child's Doctor About HPV Vaccination


HPV vaccination is a type of cancer prevention against certain HPV-related cancers. The CDC notes that HPV vaccination may begin at age nine and recommends routine HPV vaccination at ages 11-12. Talk to your child’s doctor about the appropriate time for your child to get vaccinated.

While your child may not be at risk now, it’s important to help protect your child from certain HPV-related cancers that may develop later in life.


Does the HPV Vaccine Prevent Cancer?

Video by CDC (46 sec)

What Diseases Are Caused by HPV?

Video by CDC (53 sec)

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