Benefits for boys video
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Advice for parents video
Students need consent from their parent or guardian to participate in the program. Learn more in this video. Transcript
Parents or guardians who consent to have their child vaccinated against Human Papillomavirus ( HPV ) are giving them the best protection against HPV-related cancers and disease.
Building on the success of the current school-based program for females, the program is being extended this year to offer free HPV vaccinations to males aged 12-13 years. Males aged 14-15 years will also be able to get the vaccine at school during 2013 and 2014. Females aged 12-13 years will continue to be eligible to receive the vaccine.
Different types of HPV can affect different parts of the body, and some types are more harmful than others. HPV can cause some types of cancer, as well as genital warts. HPV infection can be prevented by vaccination.
The vaccine is given through an injection in the muscle (usually the arm), and is given in three doses over a six month period. It is really important that the three doses of the vaccine are completed to give the best protection.
To find out more about HPV, the vaccine or how the program is being rolled out in your state/territory visit ‘The Program’ page or have a look at the ‘Factsheet for parents‘. You can also visit the ‘Ask an Expert’ page for a list of commonly asked questions.
What you need to do:
- Talk to your child about the importance of the vaccination and complete and return the consent form provided by your school. Contact your school if you have not received information or a consent form.
- Make sure your child attends for all three doses of the vaccine.
- If your child feels unwell after the vaccination, contact your doctor. Visit the ‘Adverse events‘ page for more information.