Your Child's Immunizations: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccineenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-yciHPV-enHD-AR2.jpgFind out when and why your child needs to get this vaccine.human papillomavirus, HPV vaccines, vaccination, varicella, varicela, vaccination, vacine, immunization, immunize, inoculate, inoculation, virus, infection, std, sti, sexually transmitted disease, genital warts, vaccination, vacine, immunization, immunize, innoculate, innoculations, virus, infection, vaccines, vaccinate, vacksines, immunized, immunizations, shots, inoculate, inoculation, infections, viruses, vaccinations, vaccinated, immunizations, immune, immunity, diseases, infections, infectious diseases09/17/201201/20/202101/20/2021Christina M. Shultz, MD and Taina A. Trevino, MD12/09/2020d1643004-10b0-44e3-97fa-28ff88fc611chttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hpv-vaccine.html/<h3>What Is HPV?</h3> <p>Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/germs.html/">virus</a> that can cause cervical cancer as well as <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/genital-warts.html/">genital warts</a>. It can spread through sex and from some types of skin-to skin-contact. HPV also can lead to cancer in areas such as the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/male-reproductive.html/">penis</a>, anus, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/female-reproductive-system.html/">vagina, vulva</a>, and throat. Recent research suggests it might be linked to cardiovascular disease in women.</p> <h3>HPV Immunization Schedule</h3> <p>The vaccine is recommended for girls and boys 9 to 11 years old, and for older kids who aren't yet vaccinated.</p> <p>The vaccine is given as a series of shots:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Children ages 9&ndash;14 get the vaccine in 2 shots over a 6- to 12-month period.</li> <li>Teens and young adults (ages 15&ndash;26) get it in 3 shots over a 6-month period.</li> </ul> <h3>Why Is the HPV Vaccine Recommended?</h3> <p>HPV can cause some types of cancer and genital warts. The vaccine is an important way to prevent infection and the spread of HPV. It works best when given <strong>before</strong> someone might be exposed to the virus.</p> <p>The HPV vaccine doesn't protect against all types of HPV. So people who are sexually active should always use <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/condoms.html/">condoms</a>. Girls and women should see their <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/first-gyn.html/">gynecologist</a> regularly and get pap smears as recommended (usually starting at age 21).</p> <h3>Possible Risks of the HPV Vaccine</h3> <p>The most common side effects are soreness, mild <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a>, swelling, and redness at the injection site. Dizziness, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fainting.html/">fainting</a>, nausea, and vomiting also can follow a shot. Allergic reactions to the vaccine are rare.</p> <h3>When to Delay or Avoid HPV Immunization</h3> <p>The vaccine is not recommended if:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Your child has a fever. But without a fever, simple <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/">colds</a> or other minor illnesses should <strong>not</strong> prevent immunization.</li> <li>Your child had a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/anaphylaxis.html/">serious allergic reaction</a>&nbsp;to the first dose of HPV vaccine or has a yeast allergy.</li> <li>Your daughter is pregnant&nbsp;(she can get it after she gives birth).</li> </ul> <h3>Caring for Your Child After HPV Immunization</h3> <p>Your child may have a fever, soreness, and some swelling and redness in the area where the shot was given. Check with your doctor to see if you can give either <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/acetaminophen.html/">acetaminophen</a> <strong>or</strong> <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibuprofen.html/">ibuprofen</a> for pain or fever, and to find out the right dose.</p> <h3>When Should I Call the Doctor?</h3> <p>Call the doctor if:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>You aren't sure if your child can get the vaccine.</li> <li>There are problems after the immunization.</li> </ul> <div class="rs_skip rs_preserve"><!-- TinyMCE Fix --> <script src="//familysurvey.org/misc/javascript/js_apps/video/kh-video-metadata.js" type="text/javascript"></script> <script src="//familysurvey.org/misc/javascript/js_apps/video/kh-video-controller.js" type="text/javascript"></script> <script src="//familysurvey.org/misc/javascript/js_apps/video/single-well-child-vaccines-en.js" type="text/javascript"></script> </div>Las vacunas de su hijo: vacuna contra el virus del papiloma humano (VPH)Sepa cuándo y por qué su hijo debe recibir esta vacuna.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/hpv-vaccine-esp.html/3e6e3a73-9a47-46e6-a7bd-2b41744a319d
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Genital Warts (HPV)Genital warts usually are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which also can lead to cervical cancer and other types of cancer. A vaccine can prevent HPV infection.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/genital-warts.html/0c914617-899a-4dcc-934a-732d9aa07587
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