The HPV vaccine protects against human papillomavirus (HPV), an infection that 8 in 10 people will get.
Getting vaccinated against HPV can prevent some cancers. HPV causes cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, mouth, throat, anus, and penis.
The vaccine works best if it is given before a person is exposed to HPV. That is why children in Manitoba are vaccinated in grade six. Most children get the vaccine at school, where the first dose is given in the fall and the second dose is given in the spring. This requires parents to sign a consent form, which will come home from your child’s school, along with an information sheet.
Talk to your health care provider if you have any questions about how to access the vaccine, or visit preventHPVcancers.ca for more information.