Illinois Department of Public Health HPV Information

Human Papillomavirus Information

The Illinois Department of Public Health encourages all parents of pre-teens and teens to become familiar with Human Papillomavirus — commonly known as HPV — as well as the vaccine available for prevention of this virus. HPV is known to cause a number of different types of cancers in both females and males.

The links below provide valuable information for parents as well as tween and teenaged students regarding the nature and prevention of HPV. Please take time to review this information now so that you can make informed decisions regarding having your child vaccinated for HPV.

During your child’s mandated 6th grade physical examination, your physician or medical provider will begin discussing the causes and prevention of HPV. Your awareness of this disease and the HPV vaccine will help you make medical decisions for your child.