Pediatricians play a key role in ensuring adolescent patients have access to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.
Overview of HPV
Almost all adults will be infected with some type of HPV during their lives. HPV is spread by intimate skin-to-skin contact and is the leading cause of at least six types of cancer. HPV vaccination during adolescence protects against over 90% of the cancers caused by the virus. This collection of resources is designed to help you deliver cancer-preventing HPV vaccines and promote vaccine confidence to your patients, families and community.
The AAP recommends routine HPV vaccination for all adolescents starting between age 9 and 12 years, at an age that the provider deems optimal for acceptance and completion of the vaccination series.
- AAP News: Why AAP recommends initiating HPV vaccination at age 9 through 12 years
- AAP Red Book Chapter: Human Papillomaviruses
- Clinical Report: The Need to Optimize Adolescent Immunization
Professional Tools and Resources
Use these social media graphics, videos and other resources to share information with families about HPV and how the vaccine gets kids’ immune systems ready to resist the virus so they can live healthy lives.
HPV Vaccine is Important to Give to Children
Oropharyngeal Cancer and HPV Prevention in Children: 5 Key Points for Pediatricians
Oropharyngeal Cancer and HPV Prevention in Children: 5 Key Points for Dental Professionals
American Academy of Pediatrics