HPV Vaccination is Critical
More than 34,000 human papillomavirus (HPV) related cancers are diagnosed annually in the U.S., but HPV vaccination can protect against the most common types of HPV that cause cancer.
HPV causes almost all cervical cancers and can cause vaginal, vulvar, anal, penile, and head and neck cancers as well. About 80% of all people will get an HPV infection at some point in their lifetime. Though most infections clear on their own, the infections that don’t clear can lead to pre-cancer and cancer.
Moffitt’s researchers lead the way in groundbreaking science to better understand HPV infections to develop novel prevention and early interventions.
"There are no cancer screenings for five of the six HPV-related cancers. Increasing Florida’s vaccination rates can prevent approximately 90% of cancers caused by HPV. We have the opportunity to prevent, and in some cases, eliminate HPV-related cancers, but we need more children and young adults to get vaccinated."
- Dr. Anna Giuliano, Founding Director, Center for Immunization and Infection Research in Cancer
Vaccination is recommended for:
- Children and young adults ages 9-26
- Adults ages 27-45 who have not been previously been vaccinated
In Florida, the HPV vaccine given within the Centers for Disease Control’s recommended ages is covered by most insurance plans. The Florida Department of Health also provides the vaccine for free up to a certain age.
Talk to your patients about the safety and benefits of HPV vaccination. For more information on how to help eliminate HPV-related cancers, visit the resources below.