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How, when and where is the vaccine given?

The HPV vaccine is given as three injections in the upper arm.

The vaccine works best if you have it over a six-month period, with the second dose of the vaccine two months after the first, and the final dose four months after the second (at 0, 2 and 6 months).

National Immunisation Program

Girls and boys aged 12–13 years can receive the HPV vaccine free of charge as part of the National HPV Vaccination Program.

The secondary school year the vaccine is given in varies across Australia, however is offered in the first year of secondary school in most states and territories. Please refer to the table below to find out how the program is being delivered in your area.



School program



Year 7

02 6205 2300


Year 7

New South Wales 
Call local Public Health Units


Year 7

Northern Territory
08 8922 8044


Year 7

07 3328 9888


Year 8

South Australia
1300 232 272


Year 7

1800 671 738


Year 7

1300 882 008

ImmuneHero website  


Year 8

Western Australia
08 9321 1312


Males and females aged 14 and older can also benefit from the vaccine but may incur out-of-pocket expenses. The vaccine's full three-dose-course out-of-pocket costs $450 in total ($150 per dose). Check with your local immunisation provider or doctor.

Girls and boys aged 12–13 years who are not in the eligible school year levels may obtain the vaccine for free from their local immunisation provider or doctor.

The HPV vaccine is licensed for males aged 9–26 years and females aged 9–45 years.

Contact your State or Territory health department for more information about HPV vaccination at your school.

What if my child misses out?  

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The vaccine works best if you have the three doses over a six-month period.

Design and partial content reproduced with the kind permission of the New Zealand Ministry of Health.

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 Cervical Screening Tests.