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.
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.
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