HPV immunisation began in New Zealand in 2008. Since then, over 300,000 New Zealanders have been immunised against HPV.
Between 2008 and 2016, HPV immunisation was free for girls and young women up to their 20th birthday, including non-residents under the age of 16 and living in New Zealand for eight months or more.
On1 January 2017, HPV immunisation became free for everyone, male and female, aged 9 to 26, including non-residents under the age of 18.
HPV immunisation is available through participating schools or from family doctors, local health centres and some Family Planning clinics.
Children who are in year 8 at school are offered the vaccine either through a school-based immunisation programme or through their family doctor if a school programme is not available.
Watch the videos telling Year 7 and 8 students about the immunisations.
HPV immunisation aims to protect young people from HPV infection and the risk of developing cervical cancer and a range of other HPV diseases later in life. Currently, around 150 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 50 women die from it each year in New Zealand.