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HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and Adults

Why vaccinate adults against human papillomavirus?

  • In the US, nearly 80 million individuals are infected with HPV, with more than 14 million new infections annually
  • 80 percent of sexually active men and women are infected with HPV at some point in their┬álifetime
  • There are approximately 11,000 cases of cervical cancer in the US each year, most of which are due to HPV
  • HPV causes many pre-cancerous cervical lesions that need surgery
  • In addition to cervical cancer, HPV can cause other genital cancers, mouth, and throat cancers

Which adults need the HPV vaccine?
Both males and females up to age 26 years who were not vaccinated at age 11 or 12 years 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.


Additional Resources

HPV 30-Second Radio PSA

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): Radio PSA highlighting HPV as a cause of throat cancer in males, with a strong recommendation for vaccination to prevent HPV infection

Radio PSA on Adult Immunization

NFID radio PSAs featuring real people telling their stories about the potentially devastating consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases and the importance of adult vaccination.