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Getting the HPV vaccine when you're young protects against several cancers later in life.
HPV (human papillomavirus) is a common infection that can cause a variety of cancers, no matter your sex, gender, or sexual orientation.
Thankfully, there's a vaccine that protects against most cancer-causing types of HPV, and it's free for youth in B.C.
The HPV vaccine is free for all youth in B.C. ages 9-18. It’s offered in-school to students in grade 6, but if you missed it, you can still get the vaccine for free from your pharmacy, public health unit, doctor, or community health nurse.
More than 200 million doses of the HPV vaccine have been given safely worldwide, with over 15 years of safety monitoring.
When given at a young age, the HPV vaccine is nearly 100% effective at preventing infection of the most common types of HPV that can cause cervical cancer, other cancers, and genital warts.
No. It's important for youth of all genders to get the HPV vaccine. The vaccine was initially recommended for females because it prevents most cervical cancers. Today, it's recommended that youth of all genders get the HPV vaccine to stop the spread of several HPV-related cancers, not just cervical cancer.
You can check your immunization history with the Health Gateway app. Health Gateway provides secure and convenient access to your health records in British Columbia. All you need is your B.C. Services Card or Personal Health Number to get started.