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Ontario's HPV Immunization Program

About the HPV Program

Ontario now offers vaccination against cancer-causing Human Papillomavirus (HPV) free of charge to all boys and girls in Grade 7. The program is run through school-based clinics by local public health units.

For the majority of students who are eligible for the HPV vaccine, the vaccine is given in a series of two injections, six months apart.

For those who receive their first dose after the age of 14 years, or who are immunocompromised (have a weakened immune system), the HPV vaccine is given in a series of three injections over a six-month period.

Boys or girls in Grade 7 who are unable to begin or complete the HPV vaccine series in the 2016-2017 school year are eligible to catch-up missed doses through their local public health unit, free of charge, until they finish Grade 12.

Girls entering Grade 8 in the 2016-2017 school year will still be able to receive the two-dose vaccine through school-based clinics to ensure they don't miss the opportunity to be immunized.

Learn more about the changes to Ontario's HPV immunization program. >>

The best time to vaccinate against HPV

Providing the HPV vaccine in Grade 7 (when youth are normally 12, going on 13 years of age) aligns with expert recommendations from Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization because this is the age when the benefits of the vaccine are maximized.

The HPV vaccine can protect against HPV related cancers and diseases. Receiving the vaccine at a young age-especially before becoming sexually active-is an investment in long-term health.


 Information for Parents

Information for Parents

You can Protect your Child from HPV-Related Cancers

Girls in Grade 8 in Ontario have been receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free since 2007. Beginning in September 2016, all boys and girls in Grade 7 will now be able to receive the vaccine for free.


 About HPV

HPV virus

About the Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

HPV is a very common virus that is spread during sexual activity through skin-to-skin contact with an infected person.

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