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For parents

The HPV vaccine can significantly decrease your child's chances of developing HPV-related illnesses including cancer and genital warts.

Having the vaccine at 12–13 years of age is recommended by the National Immunisation Program. You may have chosen to have your daughter or son vaccinated against meningococcal, polio, hepatitis B, measles, whooping cough and other vaccine-preventable diseases as part of the same program when they were younger.

You and your child should choose whether they have the HPV vaccine together. We recommend you take the following steps:

  1. Explore the menus on the left to learn more about HPV and the vaccine.

  2. Ask your daughter or son to read the Teens section of the website.

  3. Talk to your doctor if you need more information or see the More information page.

  4. Talk to your daughter or son about having the vaccine.

  5. Decide together whether they should have the vaccine.

  6. Return the consent form to school, indicating your decision.

Although you must sign the consent form for your child to have the vaccine in school, it is very important that your child understands what the vaccine is, and that you come to a decision about whether he or she has the vaccine together.

The secondary school year the vaccine is given in varies between States and Territories – refer to our table to see how it's being delivered in your area.

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The HPV vaccine is a prescription medicine. Medicines have benefits and risks. After reading this website, talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of this vaccine and to check eligibility.

Females who have had the HPV vaccine still need regular Pap tests.