Are you a male aged 12-15 years or a female aged 12-13 years? If the answer is yes then you can get the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free at your school and help stop the spread of HPV.
HPV affects both males and females and is highly contagious. It is estimated that four out of five Australians will have a HPV infection at some stage in their life, and most people who have the virus don’t even know that they have it.
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 cancers and disease.
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.
For more detailed information about HPV and the vaccine, please refer to the ‘Factsheet for students‘ or ‘The Program’ page in the tabs above. You can also visit the ‘Ask an Expert’ page for a list of commonly asked questions.
What you need to do:
- Speak to your parents or guardian about the HPV school-based vaccination program.
- Give your parents or guardian the consent form to fill in, and make sure you return it to school.
- Make sure you get all three doses for the best protection.