There is now a vaccine for HPV for girls ages 9-26! In June, 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Gardasil® for the prevention of HPV. This vaccine can help prevent against diseases caused by HPV Types 16 and 18, which cause 70% of cervical cancer cases, and HPV Types 6 and 11, which cause 90% of genital warts cases. The vaccine is given by 3 injections over 6 months.
For more information about HPV visit the National HPV and Cervical Cancer Prevention Resource Center.
Access to Gardasil®
- The vaccine currently costs around $360.
- Some insurance companies have decided to cover the vaccines, while others have not. Most large insurance plans usually cover the costs of recommended vaccines.
- The federal health program Vaccines for Children (VFC) will cover the HPV vaccine.
- Some states also provide free or low-cost vaccines at public health department clinics to people without health insurance coverage for vaccines.
- Several states are working on approving full coverage through state health departments. New Hampshire has already approved full coverage, and California and Michigan have introduced bills to cover the costs.