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How should I decide whether to have the vaccine?

To decide whether to have the HPV vaccine:

  1. Read the information on this website.

  2. Talk with your parent/s or guardian.

  3. Make a decision together.

  4. Make sure the signed consent form is returned to school.

Cancer Council and important groups such as the World Health Organization all agree that it's a good idea to have the vaccine. 

If you're under 16 years old your parent/s or guardian will need to sign a consent form for you to have the vaccine in school, but your feelings about the vaccine and the feelings of your parent/s or guardian are both important.

It can be awkward talking to your parent/s or guardian about having the vaccine, as it might involve talking about sex!

It's important for you and your parent/s or guardian to understand that although you may not be thinking about sex now, the vaccine is best given now (at age 12–13 years) to protect you from illness in the future.

Make sure you understand how not having the vaccine might affect your health in the future.

You can get the HPV vaccine from your doctor without parental consent, as long as your doctor is sure you understand what the vaccine's benefits and risks are.

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This website will help you decide whether to have the vaccine.

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.