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The HPV-9 vaccine protects against 9 strains (types) of human papillomavirus. These 9 strains may cause up to:
Grade 6 students get the HPV-9 vaccine in school. If you didn’t get the HPV-9 vaccine in Grade 6, you can still get it for free up to and including age 26 years.
If you can’t get this vaccine for free, you may still benefit from the vaccine. Talk to your doctor to find out if it’s a good idea for you. Check with your health insurance provider to see if your plan covers the cost.
People with a healthy immune system who get their first dose before age 15 years need 2 doses, 6 months apart.
People who get their first dose at age 15 years or older and anyone with a weak immune system need 3 doses over 6 months.
After you get the recommended number of doses, the protection for the 9 strains of HPV in the vaccine is up to 99%.
HPV-9 vaccine works best in children and teens before they have any sexual contact (such as oral sex or intercourse). Because the vaccine doesn’t protect against all types of cervical cancer, it’s still important to have regular Pap tests once you start having sexual contact, even if you’ve had the vaccine.
Grade 6 students can get the vaccine in school. Grade 7 to 9 students who missed getting the vaccine at the usual time can also get it in school.
Parents and guardians will get information about HPV and the vaccine. If you want your child to get the vaccine in school, you must fill out the consent form and return it to the school.
If you can get this vaccine for free, contact the public health office in your area. If you want the vaccine and need to pay for it, contact a travel health clinic or talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
There can be side effects from the HPV-9 vaccine, but they tend to be mild and go away in a few days. Side effects may include:
It’s important to stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after your vaccine. Some people may have a rare but serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. If anaphylaxis happens, you will get medicine to treat the symptoms.
It’s rare to have a serious side effect. Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side effects.
You may not be able to have the vaccine if you:
Check with your doctor or a public health nurse before you get the vaccine.
You can still have the vaccine if you have a mild illness such as a cold or fever. Always tell your healthcare provider if you have allergies or if you’ve had a side effect to a vaccine in the past.
If you’re planning to get pregnant, you need to finish all the recommended doses of HPV-9 vaccine before you start trying to get pregnant.
What is HPV? HPV is a virus that causes skin and genital warts. HPV infection will often go away on its own. Some people get a long-term infection, which can lead to cancer of the vagina, vulva, penis, anus, mouth, or throat. HPV causes almost all cervical cancers.
Who’s most at risk? HPV is very common. Anyone can get it, even if they’ve had only 1 sexual partner. Without getting immunized, about 3 out of 4 people get infected. The risk of HPV is higher for people with:
How does it spread? HPV spreads by sexual contact or skin-to-skin contact in the genital area. It can also spread to a baby during vaginal childbirth if the mother is infected.
Go to the
HPV page on MyHealth.Alberta.ca to find out more.
Current as of: June 23, 2020
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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