Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine

  29 January 2019  Australian Government Department of Health   |   Third party content – view disclaimer

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:

Additional information is also available for health care providers:

Find out more about human papillomavirus (HPV) and the HPV vaccine provided through the National Immunisation Program.

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.