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Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a vaccine-preventable disease

Which Diseases Do Vaccines Protect Against?1

The Canadian publicly funded health care system offers protection against 13 vaccine-preventable diseases, TB protection in certain areas and HPV vaccine for older children.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

There are over 100 types of human papillomavirus (HPV), which can infect many parts of the body. Some types of HPV are sexually transmitted and can cause warts or other consequences such as cancer (e.g., cervical, penile and anal) and anogenital warts.

It is recommended to administer the vaccine to females and males before they become sexually active in order to ensure the maximum benefit. The vaccines provide protection against the most common HPV viruses that cause cervical cancers and anogenital warts.

  1. Public Health Agency of Canada. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Prevention and HPV Vaccines: Questions and Answers  Accessed February 28, 2014.