Cancer Council recommends the vaccine is given to people aged 12–13 years.
The vaccine works best if you have it before you might be exposed to HPV, so before you start having sexual contact with another person.
Research also shows younger people produce more antibodies.
The vaccine and sex
Having sex may be some way off for you, but having the vaccine now means you will be protected in the future, when you may be thinking about having sex.
However if you've already had sex or sexual contact with another person, you should still consider having the HPV vaccine as it could still give you some protection against HPV.
The HPV vaccine won't protect you from other sexually transmitted infections or prevent pregnancy.
Condoms offer some but not complete protection from HPV because they don't cover all of the genital skin – they do protect you from other sexually transmitted diseases and getting pregnant though.