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HPV Vaccination

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The HPV vaccine protects against human papillomavirus — a group of very common viruses that infect about 4 out of 5 people at some time in their lives.

 

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer caused by HPV. The virus can also cause head and neck cancer, and cancer in other parts of the body. About a third of all HPV cancers affect men. HPV can also cause genital warts.

The HPV vaccine is free for those aged 9 to 26 years old.
 

Lots of tamariki are offered the HPV vaccine at school, usually in Year 7 or 8.

  • Tamariki aged 9 to 14 years old need 2 doses. The second dose is given at least 6 months after the first dose.

  • Rangatahi (young people) and adults from age 15 years old need 3 doses. These are given over 6 months.
     

If you are older than 27, you are still able to receive the HPV vaccination. However, there is an associated cost.

 

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At Well Women and Family Trust, we are only able to provide HPV vaccinations to people aged
18 and older.

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