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.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends girls and boys receive the vaccine at age 11 or 12, before they are exposed to the virus.
- Preteens age 11 or 12 get two shots of the vaccine six to 12 months apart. Teens who are older than 14 years should receive three shots within six months.
- Teens and young adults who have not received the vaccine but are sexually active should still get immunized to protect against types of HPV they may not yet have been exposed to. HPV immunization is recommended for women through age 26 and young men through age 21.
* 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 immunization or to speak to a Public Health nurse, 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.