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For teens

When you are 12–13 years old you can have the HPV vaccine for free. This generally happens at your school as part of an Australia-wide health program.

People in these age groups are given the vaccine at school by specially trained people, usually nurses. The vaccine can also be accessed through your local health service, doctor or nurse.

HPV causes some genital cancers in men and women and the vaccine can prevent most of these.

School-based vaccination programs are held every year at schools across Australia. A lot of young people have a fear of injections, although they know having the immunisation is important. This video clip steps you through the process of what to expect when having your injection at school. 


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The HPV vaccine can prevent around 90% of cervical cancers in women and 95% of HPV-related cancers in men.

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.