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HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention


HPV is short for Human Papillomavirus, the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). Nearly all sexually active men and women get HPV at some point in their lives. HPV infections can cause cervical, anal, penile, vaginal, vulvar and oropharyngeal cancers. In the United States each year, there are about 17,000 women and 9,000 men affected by HPV-related cancers.   Many of these cancers could be prevented with vaccination.  Fortunately, safe and effective vaccines that prevent most HPV infections are recommended and available for boys and girls at 11-12 years of age. To be fully protected, three doses of HPV vaccine are required.

Below, you will find links with important information about HPV and the HPV vaccine. For more information, talk to your healthcare provider or call 311.

HPV Basics

For information on HPV infections:

For information about HPV vaccine:

For information on HPV related cancers in men:

Further information on cervical cancer:

Watch a video from a victim of an HPV related cancer:

If you do not have a healthcare provider or if your healthcare provider does not have HPV vaccine, CDPH Fast Track clinics offer all routinely recommended vaccines for children 0-18 years of age. Appointments are not necessary; vaccinations are given on a first come, first served basis.

Greater Lawn WIC 4150 W. 55th Street Phone: 312.747.5416 Hours of Operation: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Closed 2nd Wed every month 12 to 4 pm

Lower West WIC 1643 W. Cermak Phone: 312.747.1650 Hours of Operation: Thursdays & Fridays: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Roseland Community WIC 11255 S. Michigan Phone: 773.785.1173 Hours of Operation: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Closed 2nd Wed every month 12 to 4 pm

Englewood Neighborhood Health Center 641 W. 63rd St., Lower Level Phone: 312.745.1000 Hours of Operation: Thursdays: 10:30 am - 5:30 pm

Uptown Neighborhood Health Center 845 W. Wilson Ave., Lower Level Phone: 312.742.3227 Hours of Operation: Mondays & Fridays: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm Thursdays: 10:30 am– 5:30 pm


Healthcare Providers

Low HPV vaccination rates are leaving another generation of boys and girls vulnerable to devastating HPV cancers. Vaccination could prevent most of these cancers. Recommend the HPV vaccine series to your 11 and 12 year old patients the same way you recommend other adolescent vaccines (e.g., MCV and Tdap). Below you can find other helpful tips and information.

Tools for your practice

Handouts for your patients

Tips and Time-savers for Talking with Parents about HPV Vaccine

Special HPV “Needle Tips” from the Immunization Action Coalition

Additional information from the Immunization Action Coalition

HPV related cancer data


Keywords: Cancer Prevention, CDPH, HPV, vaccination

Posted in City of Chicago, Healthcare/Health Resources