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 diseases09/17/201202/20/202002/20/2020Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD02/10/2020a7b23aee-67d9-4530-bc7a-3d1c85170069https://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/talk-child-stds.html/">sexually transmitted disease (STD)</a>. It can cause <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/genital-warts.html/">genital warts</a> and changes in the cervix that can lead to cervical cancer. It can also lead to cancer in other 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 11 or 12 years old, and for older kids who aren't yet vaccinated. If needed, kids can get the vaccine starting at age 9.</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 serious problems such as genital warts and some types of cancer. The vaccine is an important way to prevent infection and the spread of HPV. It works best when given <strong>before</strong> someone becomes sexually active.</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 mild <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a> and tenderness, 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 is currently sick. But 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 the vaccine should be postponed or avoided.</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)La vacuna es recomendable para los niños de ambos sexos de 11 o 12 años, así como para niños y adolescentes de ambos sexos que no se hayan vacunado antes. En caso necesario, los niños de ambos sexos se pueden vacunar a partir de los 9 años de edad. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/hpv-vaccine-esp.html/48a44b61-5a92-4800-83c0-f057b8a48c7c
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Genital Warts (HPV)You've probably heard lots about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. For information on how to protect yourself and how to treat genital warts, read this article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/std-warts.html/089fbae2-6d1a-4060-be71-1e7ebbcf50b0
HPV VaccineThe HPV vaccine can help protect against the virus that causes genital warts and may lead to some kinds of cancer. Find out more in this article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/hpv-vaccine.html/48a154f6-8e84-4988-9f43-848786ceb6de
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Word! VaccineA vaccine is another word for what most kids call a shot.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-vaccine.html/1218b56d-e2e7-44a0-9bda-0f8005a615bb
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