Get protected, get immunized.
The HPV-9 vaccine protects against 9 strains (types) of human papillomavirus. These 9 strains may cause up to:
HPV is very common. Anyone can get it, even if they’ve had only 1 sexual partner. Without getting immunized, most people who are sexually active will get an HPV infection at some time.
Grade 6 students can 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.
If you have a healthy immune system and get your first dose before age 15 years, you need 2 doses, 6 months apart.
You need 3 doses over 6 months if you:
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 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 after a vaccine. Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side effects.
You may not be able to get this vaccine if you:
If you’re planning to get pregnant, you should finish all the recommended doses of HPV-9 vaccine before you start trying to get pregnant.
Check with your doctor or a public health nurse before you get the vaccine.
You can still get the vaccine if you have a mild illness such as a cold or fever.
Many adults and children are afraid of needles. You can do many things before, during, and after immunization to be more comfortable. Visit
Commitment to Comfort for tips to make immunization a better experience.
Current as of: July 4, 2022
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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