Start HPV Vaccination at Age 9

HPV stands for human papillomavirus. HPV is a very common virus. In fact, eight out of ten people will get an HPV infection at some point in their lives. The good news is that most HPV infections will go away on their own. If this doesn't happen, HPV can cause six types of cancers later in life.

The HPV vaccine is cancer prevention.

  • The HPV vaccine protects against HPV and the cancers it causes!
  • Children should get the HPV vaccine between age 9 and 12, when the vaccine works best.
  • The vaccine can only be used to prevent HPV infection - it cannot treat an existing infection.

The HPV vaccine is safe and effective.

  • More than 135 million doses have been given in the U.S.
  • The vaccine has been monitored and researched for over 15 years.
  • Research shows the HPV vaccine can prevent more than 90% of HPV-related cancers when given at the recommended ages.

Protect your child from cancer later in life. Talk to your child's health care provider about getting the HPV vaccine at age 9!

Starting HPV vaccination at age 9 is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Practice, the American Cancer Society, the National HPV Roundtable and more.

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