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This vaccine is given to Grade 6 students. Students who missed getting humanpapillomavirus vaccine at this time, are eligible for free HPV-9 vaccine until the end of Grade 12.
Some adults 26 years of age and younger with certain health conditions or lifestyles may be offered the vaccine.
Some adults who have not had human papillomavirus vaccine may benefit from this vaccine, but it is not free. Talk to your doctor, to find out if it is a good idea for you. Check with your health insurance provider as some plans may cover it.
Students with a healthy immune system who start the vaccine series before 15 years of age need 2 doses given 6 months apart.
People starting the series at 15 years of age or older and anyone with a weakened immune system need 3 doses. The doses are given over 6 months.
After the recommended number of doses are given, HPV-9 vaccine is up to 99% effective in preventing HPV related disease from the 9 strains in the vaccine. These 9 strains are associated with up to:
The 9 strains of human papillomavirus cause most, but not all cervical cancers. Females still need to have regular Pap tests once they start having sexual contact even if they have had the vaccine.
HPV-9 vaccine works best in children and teens before they have any sexual contact (e.g., oral sex, intercourse).
HPV-9 vaccine is offered in school to Grade 6 students. It is also offered in school to students in Grades 7 to 9 who missed getting it at the usual time. Information about the disease and the vaccine will be sent to the parent or guardian. If you want your child to get the vaccine, you must fill out the consent form and return it to the school.
Anyone who qualifies for free vaccine can contact the public health office in their area.
Adults who want the vaccine and need to pay for it should contact a travel health clinic (e.g.,
AHS Travel Health Services), or speak to their doctor or pharmacist.
Reactions to the vaccine are usually mild and go away in a few days. They may include:
It is important to stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after immunization because people can have a rare but serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). If anaphylaxis happens, you will be given medicine to treat the symptoms.
Unusual reactions can happen. Call Health Link at 811 to report any unusual reactions.
You may not be able to have the vaccine if you:
You can be immunized if you have a mild illness (e.g., cold), even if you have a fever.
You need to get all the recommended doses of HPV vaccine before you try to get pregnant.
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Current as of: July 16, 2019
Author: Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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