February 15, 2023

HPV Vaccination is Cancer Prevention

Don’t miss an opportunity to protect your child from cancer. HPV vaccine is recommended for girls and boys at ages 11–12 when the body will produce the best immune response to develop protection before coming in contact with the virus. HPV is so common that nearly everyone will get it at some point, and it is a common virus that can lead to cancer later in life. Just 2 doses of the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12 can help prevent HPV cancers. 

We vaccinate so that children have the best protection long before they are exposed to an infection, as is the case with measles and the other recommended childhood vaccines. Call your local FHS clinic to learn more about the vaccine and to schedule your child’s appointment. 

Check out these additional resources:

General HPV

Centers for Disease Control and Prevent – www.cdc.gov/hpv

Immunization Action Coalition – www.immunize.org/hpv

American Cancer Society – www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/infectiousagents/hpv/index

National HPV Roundtable – https://hpvroundtable.org/

HPV Associated Cancers

Cervical Cancer Free Coalition – www.cervicalcancerfreeamerica.org

Kristen Forbes EVE Foundation – www.kristeneve.org

National Cancer Institute – www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/risk/HPV

Ask your provider about other vaccines recommended for Adolescents

  • Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis
  • Meningococcal
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Influenza

Catch-up Vaccines for Adolescenters

Just 2 doses of the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12 can help prevent HPV cancers

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Inactivated poliovirus
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella
  • Varicella