How to protect your child against HPV

Is your child protected against human papillomavirus (HPV)? Due to the recent COVID-19 disruptions to schooling, some students may have missed one or more scheduled vaccinations.

The HPV vaccine protects against 9 strains of HPV that cause:

  • more than 90% of cervical cancers
  • more than 95% of HPV-related cancers.

The best time to get vaccinated is 12 to 13 years of age, according to the Australian Government’s Department of Health and Aged Care.

How to get immunised

Students in year 7 can receive the HPV vaccine through their school immunisation program, with a consent form signed by a parent or guardian.

To find out when the next immunisation session is scheduled at your child’s school, contact your school. Those aged 12 to 19 can receive the HPV vaccine free of charge through a Council immunisation session or at a GP clinic.

To find out more, and to watch videos about what to expect from your HPV vaccination, visit our Secondary School Immunisation Program page.