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Protect your family with the HPV vaccine infographic.

Protect Your Family with the HPV Vaccine (Text Version)

HPV is a common virus and can have serious consequences.

In the United States…


  • 79 million people have been infected with HPV [map of the United States]
  • 14 million people get a new HPV infection every year [illustration of four stick figures]
  • 8 in 10 sexually active people will get at least one type of HPV in their lives [hourglass icon]

Being infected with HPV can lead to…

  • Cancer of the cervix, penis, anus, mouth, and throat
  • Genital warts

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Protect both your sons and daughters from cancer with the HPV vaccine

Protect your daughter:

Each year, there are 12,000 cases of cervical cancer leading to over 4,000 deaths in women.

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Protect your son:

Each year, there are 9,300 cases of HPV-related cancers in men.

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11 to 12 years old

The best age for HPV vaccination of girls and boys is between 11 and 12, but it can be given starting at age 9 and through age 26.

The body develops better protection against HPV when the vaccine is given at this age. This may result in longer-lasting immunity.

If a person older than 26 has not been vaccinated and is at risk of a new HPV infection, they may be able to get the vaccine. The HPV vaccine is approved through age 45. Talk with your doctor.

The HPV vaccine

It is important to protect your child from the disease early.

The HPV vaccine can…

Only prevent infections, not treat them [stop sign icon]

Reduce the risk of HPV-related cancers by up to 99 percent fully protected with all recommended doses [medicine icon]

Prevent your child from spreading HPV to future sexual partners [male and female figures with an arrow between them]

The HPV vaccine is safe and effective

Clinical trials and ongoing research have shown the HPV vaccine’s protection remains strong for at least 10 years. There is no evidence to suggest this level of protection changes over time.

The most common side effect of the HPV vaccine is soreness and redness where the shot is given. There have been no reports of severe side effects or bad reactions to the vaccine.

You are the key to HPV cancer prevention.

Get your child vaccinated between 11 and 12 years old to protect them and their future partners from HPV infection.

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