What is HPV?

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus that is spread through intimate skin-to-skin contact, and can lead to 6 types of cancer later in life (cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in women; penile cancer in men; and anal cancers in both men and women).

Why should someone get the HPV vaccine?

  • HPV vaccine provides safe, effective, and lasting protection against the HPV infections that most commonly cause cancer.

Who SHOULD get the HPV vaccine?

  • HPV vaccine is recommended for everyone starting at age 11 or 12.

  • Some adults between the ages of 27 and 45 years who are not already vaccinated may also decide to get the HPV vaccine after speaking with their doctor about their risk for HPV infections.

Who should NOT get the HPV vaccine?

  • People who have ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to any ingredient of an HPV vaccine, or to a previous dose of HPV vaccine.

  • People who are pregnant.

Who should talk with their healthcare provider before getting the HPV vaccine?

  • People who have severe allergies, including allergies to yeast.

For up-to-date information about the HPV vaccine, go to the CDC’s website. You can also talk with your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about the HPV vaccine and your personal health. See more information about the HPV vaccine.

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