Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine and HPV-Related Cancers

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The HPV vaccine can prevent cervical, head and neck, and other types of HPV-related cancers.

Each year, thousands of Wisconsinites are diagnosed with HPV related-cancers, but the disease is preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening.

The Wisconsin Well Woman and Immunization Programs have teamed up to talk about how you can find prevention services.

Infection with HPV can lead to certain types of cancers later in life.

Do you want to protect the pre-teens you love from getting future HPV-related cancers? Then talk about it! If you are a parent of a pre-teen, talk to your child's doctor today about getting the HPV vaccine. If you are a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or just have a pre-teen you love in your life, encourage them to get vaccinated against HPV cancers.

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For the best protection, HPV vaccine is typically given at ages 11 and 12 years. If you miss that pre-teen window, your teen can still be vaccinated.

Most 11 and 12 year olds only need two doses of the vaccine, at least six months apart, for full protection. If your teen is vaccinated when they are 15 years of age or older, they will need three doses to get full protection.

HPV vaccine is safe and effective.

Many parents have asked us, "Is the HPV vaccine safe for my child?" Yes, we know the HPV vaccine is safe. Common complaints after getting the vaccine include: a low fever, headache, pain and redness in the arm where the vaccine was given.

Vaccines, especially HPV, are studied carefully before they are given to the public and are continually monitored.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has a great article that talks about vaccine safety.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has a video explaining the journey of your child's vaccine.

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Health Care Providers and Local Public Health

The Iowa Department of Public Health produced and emotional video of HPV-related cancer survivors. A great reminder to give a strong recommendation for HPV vaccine.


Last Revised: April 29, 2022