HPV Immunizations

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus that is spread through skin-to-skin or intimate contact. Most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it.

There are approximately 40 types of genital HPV. Some types can cause cervical cancer in women and can also cause other forms of cancer in both men and women. Other types of HPV can cause genital warts in both males and females. The HPV vaccine works by preventing the most common types of HPV that cause cervical cancer and genital warts. It is given as a 3-dose vaccine. There are two HPV vaccines: Gardasil (quadravalent, for males and females) and Cervarix (bivalent, for females only).

Gardasil is a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that protects against 4 types of HPV. In girls and young women ages 9-26, Gardasil helps protect against 2 types of HPV that cause about 75% of cervical cancer cases, and 2 more types that cause 90% of genital warts cases. In boys and young men ages 9-26, Gardasil helps protect against 90% of genital warts cases. Cervarix is a bivalent vaccine for females that protects against 2 types of HPV that can cause cervical cancer.

The HPV Gardasil vaccine is approved for use in males and females ages 9-26; it is usually given to 11- and 12- year olds when they get other vaccines. Ideally, this vaccine should be given prior to a boy or girl becoming sexually active. The Cervarix vaccine is approved for use in girls and young women, ages 9-25.

The HPV vaccines are available in Tulsa at many Doctor's offices, clinics, and pharmacies. THD clinics offer the HPV vaccine at a fee of $150 per dose to patients who indiciate they are fully insured for this vaccine. THD clinics offer the vaccine at no charge to VFC eligible children 9-18 years of age. VFC eligibility is determined for individuals who are 18 years and under and indicate any one of the 5 eligibility categories: 1. Medicaid /Sooner Care 2. Native American Indian 3. Native Alaskan 4. Underinsured (insurance policy that does not cover the requested vaccine) and/or 5. Uninsured. Please see the immunizations page for clinic hours and locations.

THD's Immunization Service has also received funding for the Gardasil HPV-AD (Adult) vaccine. The vaccine is to be administered to 19-26 year old females and males who have received one or two doses of the three dose series from a county health department prior to turning 19 years of age.

Clients who are no longer VFC eligible and wish to complete the three dose series are to be vaccinated with the Gardasil HPV-AD vaccine. The vaccine may be offered to females 19-26 who wish to be protected from two specific serotypes of Cervical Cancer also vulva, vaginal and anal cancer. This vaccine may be offered to males 19-26 years old who wish to be protected from specific serotypes of genital warts and anal cancer. Please contact the immunizations program for more information.

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