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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 around 90% of cervical cancers, some cancers of the vagina, vulva, anus and throat, and 90% of genital warts.

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

The HPV vaccination is most effective when given at a younger age. 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. It is routinely offered in early high school in a single year level. 

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. When given at the routinely recommended age of 12–14 years, two doses are used. The two-dose course is administered 6–12 months apart so you will need to make two appointments.

Catch up programs

People aged under 19 are able to catch up on two doses of the vaccination for free under the National Immunisation Program. The vaccination is available through a GP or primary health care clinic.

Two doses are avaiable for free. if you receive your first dose after the age of 15, you will need to pay for your third dose.

Ideally, the three doses should be given at 0, 2 and 6 months – that is, the second dose should be given two months after the first, and the third dose four months after the second.

People who have already received the full course of the original Gardasil vaccination do not need any further vaccinations with Gardasil 9. This is because the original vaccine already provided protection against the most cancer-causing HPV types (16 and 18). 

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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 Cervical Screening Tests.