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Why should I consider the vaccine for my child?

The HPV vaccine will protect your daughter against the HPV types that cause 70% of cervical cancers, some cancers of the vagina, vulva and anus, and 90% of genital warts.

The HPV vaccine will protect your son against the HPV types that cause some cancers of the penis and anus, and 90% of genital warts.

The vaccine is expected to provide long lasting protection. As studies are ongoing, the exact period of protection is unknown. So far, studies show that more than five years after vaccination, protection against HPV remains high with no sign of weakening.

Having a sexual partner may be a long way off for your child, but having the vaccine now means he or she will be less likely to develop HPV-related cancers or genital warts in the future.

The National HPV Vaccination Program provides girls and boys aged 12–13 with the HPV vaccine free of charge at school. 

This is the only time the vaccine will be available to your child conveniently through school.

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

If students are not in school for any reason, including home schooling, they can receive the vaccine free of charge from their doctor if they are aged 12–13 years. The three-dose course is administered over 6 months so you will need to make three appointments.

Outside of these ages, males (aged 9–26 years) and females (aged 9–45 years) can get the HPV vaccine through their doctor at a cost of $450 for the full three-dose course.

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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.