Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common virus that most people get at some time in their lives through sexual activity. Most of the time people with HPV have no symptoms and do not know they have it. HPV causes genital warts and is the leading cause of cervical cancer. Every year more than 11,000 women in the U.S. find out they have invasive cervical cancer and nearly 4,000 die.
The HPV vaccine should be given to girls and boys well before they become sexually active. The immunization is given in a 3-dose series and can be started as early as age 9. The vaccine series should be completed by the age of 26 according to the schedule below.
First Dose: As soon as your son or daughter is in the recommended age group Second Dose: 2 months after dose 1 Third Dose: 6 months after dose 1