- What is HPV?
- Can a vaccine help prevent HPV?
- Are the HPV vaccines safe?
- Who should be vaccinated against HPV and when?
- What are the benefits of the HPV vaccines?
- How much do the HPV vaccines cost? Are they covered by health insurance plans?
- Do women who have been vaccinated against HPV still need Pap tests?
- Can cervical cancer be prevented without a HPV vaccine?
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How much do the HPV vaccines cost? Are they covered by health insurance plans?
The drug company price for either vaccine is around $130 or $140 per dose. This cost does not include the cost of giving the shots or the doctor’s charge. So, it’s possible that the cost for the series (3 shots over 6 months) could be $500 or more. Insurance plans will probably cover the cost if the vaccine is given according to national guidelines. But check with your insurance plan to be sure.
The vaccines are included in the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. This program covers vaccine costs for children and teens who don’t have insurance and for some children and teens who are underinsured. The VFC program provides free vaccines to children and teens younger than 19 years of age, who are either Medicaid-eligible, American Indian or Alaska Native, or uninsured.
There are over 44,000 sites nationwide that provide VFC vaccines, including hospitals and private and public clinics. The VFC program also allows children and teens to get VFC vaccines through federally qualified health centers or rural health centers if their private health insurance does not cover vaccinations. For more on the VFC program or to find the VFC contact where you live, visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/contacts-state.html, or call 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO).
Last Medical Review: 04/09/2014
Last Revised: 04/22/2014