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HPV Vaccine Awareness

Why does my child need HPV vaccine?

This vaccine is protection from most cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. HPV is a common virus that spreads between people when they have intimate skin-to-skin contact with another person.


You can get HPV from someone who does not have any symptoms of HPV.

Most people do not know when they are infected with HPV. Even if your partner does not have any symptoms of an HPV infection, he or she can still pass the virus to you.


Should boys get the HPV vaccine?

Yes. Boys are recommended to get the HPV vaccine for two reasons:

  • To protect themselves from anal and genital warts, as well as cancers of the head, neck, anus, and penis.

  • To reduce transmission of the virus to future sexual partners


Where can I learn more?

For more information about HPV vaccines and the other vaccines for preteens and teens, talk to your child’s doctor or nurse. More information is also available at www.cdc.gov/hpv/ or 1-800-275-0659.

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