HPV Vaccine

Parents, guardians and youth have lots of questions about Gardasil, the vaccine for Human Papillomavirus (HPV).  For more information on Gardasil, see the CDC website. Alternatively, see the Vaccine Information Statement in English or Spanish.

WHAT IS HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS?

Visit our HPV page to learn about the virus, including its transmission, symptoms, complications, testing, and treatment.

HOW DOES GARDASIL PROTECT AGAINST HPV?

Gardasil protects against 2 strains of HPV that cause 90% of cervical cancer cases, 2 strains that account for 90% of genital warts cases, and 5 strains that can lead to certain cancers. The vaccine is approved for everyone ages 9-26 years old  and is administered in a series of three shots over 6 months.

HOW MUCH DOES GARDASIL COST?

Everyone between the ages of 9-18 who qualifies for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program will not be charged for any of the three shots.

HOW DOES SOMEONE QUALIFY FOR THE VFC PROGRAM?

You qualify if you are eligible for Medicaid, if you have no health insurance, or if you are Native American or Alaskan Native.

WHAT IF SOMEONE HAS HEALTH INSURANCE?

If you have health insurance, it will likely cover Gardasil if you are between the ages of 9-26. You should call your health insurance to verify coverage. If you have health insurance but it does not cover vaccines, you may go to Boulder Public Health Department to get the shots.

DOES A TEEN NEED TO GET CONSENT FROM A PARENT OR GUARDIAN TO GET GARDASIL? 

Anyone under the age of 18 who wants to get the HPV vaccine needs to have their parent or guardian sign a consent form for each injection.