Why vaccinate against HPV
The HPV vaccine protects adolescents and young adults from cancer. The HPV vaccine protects the body against the 4 types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) which are commonly linked to several types of cancer and warts in both males and females. Vaccinating now can protect our tweens, teens, and young adults from cancer later in life.
Who to vaccinate
HPV vaccine is most effective when given to boys and girls between age 11-12. Administering the vaccine at this age is proven to build a strong immune response which will protect the child from cancer as they get older. However, if the vaccine was not given at age 11-12, the vaccine is still recommended and can provide important cancer protection if given before age 27.
How can I get vaccinated
The HPV immunization consists of three shots given over a six month period:
• first dose
• second dose 2 months after first dose
• third dose 6 months after first dose
Since the Affordable Care Act now requires all new private insurance plans to cover HPV vaccination for the recommended age group without consumer cost sharing, individuals with private insurance may find it cost effective to receive HPV vaccination at your pediatrician’s office, doctor’s offices, or a quick care clinic (like those at drug stores and grocery stores). Many of these locations offer HPV vaccination and accept private insurance.
For those without insurance or who have Medicaid, CareSource, or Molina, the Union County Health Department offers HPV vaccination for free or significantly reduced cost ($30 or less). Individuals ages 12 -26 can get an HPV vaccination with an appointment at the Union County Health Department during Adulth Health Clinic hours on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8-9 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. and Thursdays and Friday from 8-9 a.m. Individuals ages 11-18 can also make an appointment for HPV vaccination during the childhood immunization clinic. Please call 937-642-2053 to make an appointment or to learn more.
The Union County Health Department can provide HPV vaccination at a discounted cost for individuals with private insurance, but we are not able to bill your insurance. We can provide a receipt for vaccination which you may be able to submit to your insurance for reimbursement. Please check with your insurance provider.
The Union County Health Department offers HPV for free or significantly reduced cost ($30 or less) for individuals who are uninsured, under-insured or with Medicaid, CareSource or Molina. We do not accept private insurance for our immunization clinic, but we do offer a sliding fee scale to those without insurance and no child is turned away for inability to pay.
Since the Affordable Care Act now requires all new private insurance plans to cover HPV vaccination for the recommended age group without consumer cost sharing, HPV vaccination should be free if you have private insurance. Please check with your insurance carrier for details about your plan and HPV vaccination.
What is HPV
HPV or Human Papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Over 40 types of HPV virus can infect both men and women in the following regions:
• the skin of the penis,
• vulva (area outside the vagina),
• linings of the vagina, cervix, and rectum,
• lining of the mouth and throat.
HPV infections can manifest as cancer and/or warts in any of these regions.
What is the Impact of HPV
Cervical cancer: About 12,000 women in the U.S. get cervical cancer each year.
Other cancers that can be caused by HPV, including some vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal, and oropharyngeal cancers: Each year in the U.S., HPV is thought to cause an estimated
• 2,100 vulvar cancers,
• 500 vaginal cancers,
• 600 penile cancers,
• 2,800 anal cancers in women,
• 1,500 anal cancers in men,
• 1,700 oropharyngeal cancers in women,* and
• 6,700 oropharyngeal cancers in men.*
Genital warts: About 360,000 persons in the U.S. get genital warts each year.
Who is at risk for HPV
Approximately 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV. About 14 million people become newly infected each year. HPV is so common that nearly all sexually-active men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives.