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How should I decide whether to have the HPV 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. Decide 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. 

In most school-based vaccination programs, 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 both 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 HPV vaccine might affect your health in the future.

Once you are over 14 years old you are legally able to have your own Medicare account and can discuss getting 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.

If you’ve missed the opportunity to get the HPV vaccine because of COVID-19, see our COVID-19 and the HPV vaccine page.

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