Take Action: See a Doctor
Help protect your child’s health with the HPV shots.
Schedule a wellness visit for your child.
The first HPV shot is usually given during your child’s yearly checkup at age 11 or 12. Remember, it’s always a good idea check with your child’s doctor to make sure your child is getting all the recommended vaccines. Learn about other shots your pre-teen may need.
Make sure your child gets the shots at the recommended times.
Your child needs 3 shots to protect against HPV. She’ll need to get a second shot 1 to 2 months after the first shot. Then she’ll get a third shot 6 months after the first one.
It’s important that your child gets the HPV shots on schedule. To make sure you stay on track, schedule appointments for the second and third shots on the day that your child gets the first one.
Take Action: Cost and Insurance
What about cost?
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law passed in 2010, insurance plans must cover recommended shots for kids. This means you may be able to get your child’s HPV vaccine at no cost to you.
Check with your insurance provider to find out what’s included in your plan. For information about other services for children that are covered under the Affordable Care Act, visit HealthCare.gov.
If you don’t have insurance, your child can still get the HPV shots.