My son is in grade 9. Will he be able to get the HPV...

Question: 

My son is in grade 9. Will he be able to get the HPV vaccine? It was not available for him when he was in grade 6. I would like him to have it now before he becomes sexually active. If yes, Is it free for grade 9 boys or would I have to pay? We are BC residents.

Answer: 

The HPV9 vaccine is being offered free to boys in grade 6 for the first time starting in September 2017.  Boys in later grades are not eligible for the free vaccine unless they are at increased risk of HPV infection.  You can find a list of males eligible for the free HPV9 vaccine in the HealthLinkBC File: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines.

The HPV9 vaccine is recommended for boys and men 9 -26 years of age.  Those not eligible for the free vaccine can purchase it at most pharmacies and travel clinics.

You can find more information about the HPV9 vaccine on our HPV page

If you have further questions about the HPV9 vaccine, we recommend that you contact your local public health unit  and ask to speak with a public health nurse. 

- Immunization Nurse