What is HPV?
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common family of viruses. There are more than 100 types of HPV viruses. Some cause infection of the skin and others infect mucous membranes of various areas of the body. Different types of HPV infection affect the body in different ways. For instance, some types of HPV can lead to cancer of the tongue, tonsils, anus, cervix, vulva, and penis, and others cause warts in the genital area.
Can HPV infection be treated?
There is no treatment for HPV infection. Fortunately, the body usually fights off the virus naturally; however, in cases where the virus cannot be fought off naturally, the person is at risk for serious complications, including cancer. There are treatments available for the health problems that HPV can cause, for example, removal of genital warts or pre-cancerous cervical cells, and chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation for cancer.
What is HPV vaccine?
Gardasil 9 is the only HPV vaccine currently being distributed in the United States. Gardasil 9 protects against most HPV-attributable cancers in men and women. It also prevents most genital warts and cervical pre-cancers. For preteens, HPV vaccine is given in two shots, separated by 6 to 12 months. It is important to get all the recommended doses to get the best protection.
At what age should my son or daughter get HPV vaccine?
Routine vaccination with HPV vaccine is recommended for all 11 and 12-year-old boys and girls.

The vaccine can also be given beginning at age 9 or 10 years. If your son or daughter did not receive the two doses of vaccine at the recommended age, they should still start or complete their HPV vaccine series.

Vaccination is routinely recommended through the age of 26 for all males and females, and can be given through age 45 years, if desired. If the vaccine series is started before the 15th birthday, two doses are needed. If it’s started at age 15 years or older or, if the person has problems with their immune system, three doses are necessary.

Check with your healthcare provider to make sure your child has all the needed doses. HPV vaccine works better when given on time. HPV vaccine produces better immunity to fight infection when given to preteens as compared to older adolescents and adults. For HPV vaccine to work best, it is very important for preteens to get all the recommended doses before any sexual activity begins. It is possible to get infected with HPV the very first time they have sexual contact with another person, even if they do not have intercourse.

Where can I find additional information? 

Human Papillomavirus -- A Parent's Guide to Preteen and Teen HPV Vaccination (immunize.org) (english)

Human Papillomavirus -- A Parent's Guide to Preteen and Teen HPV Vaccination (immunize.org) (spanish)

Immunize Website

CDC HPV Vaccine Safety Information

How can I schedule a HPV vaccine? 
Please call the Dubois County Health Department to schedule your child's vaccination appointment at 812-481-7056. 

Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or another adult over 18 years of age with our Parent Permission Form (English) Parent Permission Form (Spanish)  signed by the parent or legal guardian, along with a copy of the parents ID.  ID will be checked of named person accompanying the child. Updated insurance card is required at the time of appointment. If you cannot provide these at your appointment, it will need to be rescheduled.