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HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine

What you need to know: 

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. There are about 40 types of HPV. About 20 million people in the U.S. are infected, and about 6.2 million more get infected each year. Most HPV infections do not cause any symptoms, and go away on their own. HPV is important mainly because it can cause cervical cancer in women and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women around the world.

The HPV vaccine is an inactivated (not live) vaccine, which protects against four major types of HPV. This vaccine is routinely recommended for girls 11 to 12 years of age.

The amendment to HB 561 requires that schools provide information concerning the relationship between HPV and cervical cancer, a vaccine is available which prevents HPV infection. It is recommended that it be given to girls before they enter grade 8 beginning with the 2008-2009 school year.

How can I learn more?

  • Ask your doctor or nurse. They can show you the vaccine package insert or suggest other sources of information.
  • Call your local or sate health department.
  • Contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by calling 800-232-4636 or visit CDC's website.