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Hpv (human Papillomavirus) Vaccine For Children


The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine

is an injection given to females and males to protect against human papillomavirus infection. The HPV vaccine is the most effective way to prevent most cancers caused by HPV infection. HPV infection can cause cervical and vaginal cancers in women and penile cancer in men. It can also cause throat cancer and genital warts. The HPV vaccine is most effective if it is given before sexual activity begins. This allows your child's body to build protection against HPV before he or she has contact with the virus. The HPV vaccine will be effective until your child reaches the age of 26.

When your child should get the vaccine:

The first dose may be given as early as 9 years of age. The HPV vaccine can be given with other vaccinations. If your child is sick, wait until symptoms go away before she or he gets the vaccine.

Immunization Schedule 2018

HPV vaccine schedule:

  • The vaccine is given in 2 doses if the first dose is given between ages 9 through 14 years:
    • The first dose is given at any time.
    • The second dose is given 6 to 12 months after the first dose.
  • The vaccine is given in 3 doses if the first dose is given at 15 years or older:
    • The first dose is given at any time.
    • The second dose is given 1 to 2 months after the first dose.
    • The third dose is given 6 months after the first dose.

Call 911 for the following:

  • Your child has signs of a severe allergic reaction, such as trouble breathing, hives, or wheezing.

Seek care immediately if:

  • Your child has a high fever or behavior changes that concern you.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • You have questions or concerns about the HPV vaccine.

Apply a warm compress

to the area to relieve swelling and pain.

Risks of the HPV vaccine:

Your child may have pain, redness, or swelling where the shot was given. She or he may have a fever or headache. She or he may have an allergic reaction to the vaccine. This can be life-threatening.

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.

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