Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
|Note: CDC now recommends two doses of HPV vaccine given 6 to 12 months apart for adolescents ages 9 through 14 years. Three doses are still recommended for individuals ages 15 through 26 years. See the new resources below for further guidance on current HPV recommendations.|
The primary purpose of the HPV vaccine is to prevent cancer. The vaccine protects against the strains of HPV that cause 70 percent of cervical cancer in women as well as several other types of cancers in men and women. HPV vaccine is routinely recommended for adolescent girls and boys ages 11-12 years. It can be given at the same time as the vaccines that prevent whooping cough and meningococcal disease, as well as any other vaccines an adolescent may be due to receive.
Vaccines: Vaccinating Your Preteen or Teen
CDC information on HPV vaccines. Attention: Non-MDH link
HPV Information for Health Professionals
- HPV Vaccination Recommendations (PDF)
New! Table outlining current HPV vaccination recommendations.
- HPV Vaccination Algorithm (PDF)
New! Algorithm to determine how many doses of HPV vaccine a patient needs.
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) ACIP Vaccine Recommendations
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) detailed recommendations posted on the CDC's Vaccine-Specific Recommendations site. Note: This site only reflects published recommendations. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - For Clinicians
CDC information for health care providers about the HPV vaccine. Attention: Non-MDH link