Certain types of the human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cervical cancer and other cancers in both men and women. HPV is a commonly sexually-transmitted infection. Immunization can help protect against HPV viruses that cause these cancers.
- Girls and boys should receive the vaccine at age 11 or 12, before they are exposed to the virus.
- The vaccine is given in two shots, with 6 to 12 months between shots. All children who start the vaccine before age 15 will only need two shots.
- Catch-up immunization is recommended for females 13 to 26 years of age and males 13 to 21 years of age who did not receive the vaccine when they were younger or did not complete the series.
* For people 22 to 26 years old who have not started the vaccines, or who have started but not completed the series, it’s important to know that vaccination at older ages is less effective in lowering cancer risk.
To make an appointment for HPV vaccine, call 970-879-1632 in Steamboat Springs or 970-824-8233 in Craig. Same day appointments often are available. Please bring your insurance card to your appointment. Low-cost immunizations are available if you don't have insurance.