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The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a highly contagious virus and the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world.
HPV affects both girls and boys.
HPV can lead to six different cancers: cervical, vulvar, vaginal, anal, penile, and head and neck cancer. It can also cause genital warts.
Vaccinating your child before they become sexually active gives them the best protection against HPV-related cancers and diseases in the future.
When your child is between the ages of 9 and 14, they only require two doses of the HPV vaccine rather than three because their immune system is so robust at that age. After age 14, three doses are required.
You can reduce your child’s risk of contracting HPV by ensuring that they’ve been vaccinated against HPV.
Vaccination helps prevent most HPV-related cancers and genital warts.
Help your children understand the concept of safe sex and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends the HPV vaccine from 9 years of age onwards. These guidelines give you permission to vaccinate your child beginning at age 9, however each province has selected various ages based on accessibility and ease of implementing school-based vaccination programs.
The HPV vaccine is available through public health for both boys and girls within school-based vaccination programs. There is no cost to an individual parent.
Schools, public health clinics, and family doctors may have vaccination opportunities for catching up. Check with your local public health unit.