HPV Vaccination Is Cancer Prevention In Texas.

As a parent, you want to do all you can to protect your child. HPV vaccination is just one way to protect your child’s health. 

HPV vaccination is cancer prevention. HPV vaccination can prevent more than 90% of HPV cancers. It is safe, effective and provides long-lasting protection. Talk to your child’s health care provider today about preventing 6 types of cancer with the HPV vaccine. It works best when given between the ages of 9 and 12. 

Read more to learn about the benefits of the HPV vaccine.

What you need to know

HPV & Me

Watch stories of how HPV cancers have impacted people’s lives. 

Tamika Felder was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 25. Now, as a cancer survivor, she shares her story to help educate others.

With heavy radiation and chemotherapy, and a supportive family and doctor, Scott Vetter shares his journey on becoming HPV cancer-free of head and neck cancer.

Justine Almada recalls what it took to take care of the mother as she underwent treatment for anal cancer. Today, she honors her mother’s legacy.

Diagnosed at 31 years old, Christine Baze recalls her story in becoming a cervical cancer survivor.



Talk to your child's doctor

Ask your child’s doctor about the HPV vaccine. Getting vaccinated against HPV now is the best way to prevent HPV cancers later and HPV vaccination can be obtained safely during the pandemic. Now is the time to catch up on vaccinations missed.

Where to get the HPV vaccine & how to pay for it

Parents can ask for the HPV vaccine at their child’s next doctor’s appointment or call 2-1-1 Texas to find a health care provider.

Insurance plans will probably cover the HPV vaccine cost if it is given according to national guidelines. But check with your insurance plan to be sure. The HPV vaccine is available to all uninsured or underinsured boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 18 through the Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) program

This program covers vaccine costs for children and teens who don’t have insurance. The TVFC 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.

Texas’ vaccination rate is surprisingly low.

As of 2020, only 54.9% of kids receive the vaccine. Texas ranks #31 out of 50 states and the District of Colombia for HPV vaccination rates among children ages 13 to 17. More than 12% of all 13-17 year-olds who have not started the HPV vaccine series reside in Texas. This means that Texas contains the largest number of U.S. teens not protected against HPV-cancers of any state in the country!

The number of HPV vaccinations has fallen due to the pandemic. According to the CDC, HPV vaccinations are down more than 20 percent, over 1 million doses compared to before the pandemic.

Source: HPV Landscape Dashboard - ACS HPV Vaccination Project | Tableau Public

Project Partners

HPV cancer cannot be conquered alone. The Texas HPV Coalition is a group of dedicated health care professionals collaborating to stimulate work on key issues around HPV vaccination.