School-Age Vaccines: HPV Vaccine
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
Did you know that there is a vaccine that protects against cancer? That’s right, there is! It’s called the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
The HPV vaccine protects against infection from certain types of HPV that cause cancers of the cervix, anus, mouth and throat, penis, vagina, and vulva, as well as genital warts.
Watch this great video from Australia that was developed by Cancer Council Victoria to learn more about the HPV vaccine.
Please note: There have been some changes to HPV vaccine programs since this video was made. After watching the video, be sure to read about the changes below. Then take the quiz to test your knowledge and earn vaccines!
Changes to HPV vaccine programs:
The video states that the HPV vaccine protects against 4 strains (types) of HPV that prevent 70% of cervical cancers. A new vaccine that protects against 9 strains (preventing about 90% of cervical cancers) is now being used in Australia and Canada.
The video states that three doses of the HPV vaccine are needed to be protected. The latest research shows that only two doses are needed. That’s why most kids in Canada now get two doses of the vaccine.
Also important to note:
The video states that if you miss out, each dose is about $150. Depending on where you live in Canada, the vaccine may still be free if you missed getting it in school. You can make an appointment with your local immunization provider to get vaccinated.
Depending on where you live in Canada, you will be offered the HPV vaccine for free in grade 4, 5, 6 or 7.
Each lesson is accompanied by a quiz that lets students earn vaccines for UNICEF based on their score! Register to unlock all lessons and quizzes for free: