Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common, contagious virus that can cause cancers and diseases in both females and males. Without vaccination, 90 per cent of adults will have a HPV infection at some point in their life.
HPV vaccination is a safe and reliable way to protect young people from getting a range of HPV related cancers and diseases. The vaccine is provided free to children aged approximately 12–13 through school-based immunisation programs.
Students eligible for a free vaccine will receive a consent form from their school. This consent form must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the school before a vaccination is provided. Individuals who did not receive the vaccine at school are eligible for two free catch up doses up to 19 years of age.
The Department of Health has developed the following communication resources to support uptake of the HPV vaccine:
Find out more about the HPV vaccine:
- HPV vaccine – educational video for parents
- HPV vaccine – brochure for parents
- HPV vaccine – personal story video for parents
- HPV vaccine – animation video for students
- HPV vaccine – animation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Additional information is also available for health care providers:
Disclaimer: This article was provided by Australian Government Department of Health. While every effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network does not warrant or represent the accuracy, currency and completeness of any information or material included within.