HPV is an infection that can cause cervical, throat, penile, anal, and vulvar cancers. Immunization is recommended to help both children and adults prevent 90% of cancer-causing HPV viruses.
HPV Vaccination for Cancer Prevention
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common infection that can lead to a number of cancers. Most people come into contact with HPV at some point in their lives, especially since is passed through skin-to-skin contact. HPV can cause cervical, throat, penile, anal, and vulvar cancers - diseases that Native people are at higher risk for developing. Fortunately, HPV immunization can prevent 70-90% of the types of HPV that cause cancer. The vaccine, which is taken in a three-step series, is recommended for all children ages 11-12.
Posters are available in standard (8.5x11) and large (18x24) sizes.
Infographics are available printed in 7x17 size, or as a large retractable banner (2.5x7ft) that can be used in clinic lobbies or at community outreach events.
This guide was developed based on questions we heard from Native parents. It provides information about the types of cancers immunization protects against, and explains the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine.