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HPV Vaccine

6 Reasons to Get the HPV Vaccine For your Child

6 OUT OF 10 parents are choosing to get the HPV vaccine for their children. Talk to your child’s doctor about HPV cancer prevention at ages 11-12. 

80% of people will get an HPV infection in their lifetime.
Most HPV infections will go away on their own. Infections that don’t go away can cause precancers and cancers.

Infections with HPV types that cause most HPV cancers and genital warts have dropped 71 percent among teen girls.

More than 29,000 cases of cancers each year could be prevented with HPV vaccination.
Same as the average attendance for a baseball game.

HPV infections can cause many types of cancer, but there is only cervical cancer screening.
HPV vaccination is prevention for the other types of cancer caused by HPV infections.

Three vaccines are recommended for 11-12 year olds to protect against the infections that can cause meningitis, HPV cancers, and whooping cough.

Data now shows 2 doses of HPV vaccine provide similar protection to 3 doses, when given before the 15th birthday.


CDC-INFO Contact Center

1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)
TTY: (888) 232-6348
Contact CDC-INFO

CDC National Prevention Information Network

P.O. Box 6003
Rockville, MD 20849-6003

American Sexual Health Association

P. O. Box 13827
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-3827