HPV vaccination is cancer prevention. Males and females who do not get the HPV vaccine may be left vulnerable to certain types of infection that can lead to cancer. These resources describe the various HPV-associated cancers and provide clarity about the link between HPV infection and cancer.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 11- to 12-year-olds get two doses of HPV vaccine to protect against cancers caused by HPV. The second dose should be given 6-12 months after the first dose. Those who initiate the vaccination series after age 15 years as well as those who are immunocompromised should receive three doses.
Both males and females up to age 26 years who were not adequately vaccinated should receive catch-up HPV vaccination.
Adults age 27-45 years should talk to a healthcare professional about whether HPV vaccination is right for them. Shared clinical decision-making is recommended because some individuals who are not adequately vaccinated might benefit from vaccination.
View additional information on the CDC recommendations.
President’s Cancer Panel (PCP): A report to the President of the United States recommending HPV vaccination in all adolescents as an important method for cancer prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Website highlighting the percentage of cancers thought to be caused by HPV
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Explores the burden of HPV-associated cancer and disease in the US
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Website highlighting the number of annual HPV-associated and HPV-attributed cancer cases
American Cancer Society (ACS): Detailed information on HPV, link to cancer in both men and women, and HPV vaccines
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Information about oral HPV
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): PSA highlighting HPV as a cause of throat cancer in males; includes a strong recommendation for vaccination to prevent HPV infection
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP): Fact sheet about cervical cancer
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP): Report on the practice gaps relating to HPV and cervical cancer prevention with a discussion on how best to address and overcome barriers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Call to action from the Massachusetts Chapter of AAP urging healthcare professionals to give a strong recommendation for HPV vaccination
NFID public service announcement (:30 animated video) developed to create awareness about the importance of adolescent vaccination
Which adults need the HPV vaccine and why?
A fact sheet on vaccines for adults