I just read that grade 6 boys and girls will be offered free...

Question: 

I just read that grade 6 boys and girls will be offered free HPV immunizations. However, my son is 15. Can he receive the vaccine for free as well? Thanks!

Answer: 

Beginning in September 2017, the HPV vaccine will be provided free to boys in grade 6 (currently the vaccine is only free for girls).  Boys in later grades will not be eligible for the free vaccine unless they are at increased risk of HPV infection.  You can find a list of males who are considered to be at an increased risk of HPV infection in the HealthLinkBC File: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines.

For those not eligible for the free vaccine, it can be purchased at most pharmacies and travel clinics.

You can find more information about HPV vaccines on our HPV page

If you have further questions about the HPV vaccine, we recommend that you contact your local public health unit  and ask to speak with a public health nurse. 

- Immunization Nurse