HPV is a common virus that can cause HPV cancers in both males and females. The good news is that there is a vaccine to help protect your child against HPV and HPV related cancers. Better yet, it’s FREE* for boys and girls 9 years and older.
The sooner your child is immunised the better
Research has shown that the response to the vaccine is greater in younger people. It is also important that immunisation occurs well before they have the chance to come in contact with the HPV virus.
Like the other vaccines they got as a child, the HPV vaccine works by causing the body to produce its own protection (virus-fighting antibodies) against HPV.
The vaccine has been clinically tested and shown to be effective in helping prevent HPV cancers from occurring, and is expected to offer life-long protection.
If you have high-school aged boys or girls, they can be immunised at a doctor's clinic for FREE.
(Schools will be scheduling FREE immunisations for children at Year 8, so if your child is currently in Year 8 or below they will be immunised at school, so no visits to the doctor are needed. For more information on the School Immunisation programme visit the Ministry of Health website.)