Frequently Asked Questions

When should my child be vaccinated?

All kids who are 11 or 12 years old should get two shots of HPV vaccine six to twelve months apart. Catch-up vaccination is also recommended up to age 26 for females and up to age 21 for males if the vaccine was missed at the recommended time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why is HPV vaccination recommended for age 11 or 12?

It is best to start the HPV vaccine series at ages 11 to 12 for several reasons. First, there is a better immune response to the HPV vaccine at a younger age. HPV vaccines offer the best protection to girls and boys who complete the series. Second, starting the HPV vaccine series at ages 11 to 12 helps ensure children are vaccinated before they are ever exposed to HPV.

Can adults get the vaccine?

The HPV vaccine is recommended for young women through age 26, and young men through age 21. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) also has licensed its use for women and men up to age 45.

Where can patients get the HPV vaccine in South Carolina?

How can patients pay for the HPV vaccine in South Carolina?

Vaccine coverage through these vaccine programs can be obtained at SC DHEC and federally qualified health systems clinics and through primary care providers who participate in these vaccine programs.If you have private insurance, contact your Primary Care Provider to set up an appointment. 

  • Adolescents
    • Almost all adolescents in South Carolina can receive the HPV vaccine through these vaccine programs:
      • Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program – Provides all childhood and adolescent vaccines to children 0-18 years who have Medicaid, don't have health insurance, or are American Indian/Alaska Native
      • SC State Vaccine Program – Provides all childhood and adolescent vaccines (except meningococcal B vaccine) to children 0-18 years who are underinsured (health insurance doesn't cover vaccines) or insured hardship (health insurance deductible > $500.00 per child or > $1000.00 per family and it has not been met)
  • Adults
    • Adults can receive the HPV vaccine through the DHEC Adult Vaccine Program
      • Adults 19 years to 26 years who are uninsured or who don’t have coverage for vaccines
      • No cost vaccines, administration fee of $25
      • For appointments call: 1-855-4SC-DHEC (472-3432)

Where can I learn more?

Talk to your child’s doctor or nurse to learn more about HPV vaccine. You can also find out more about HPV vaccine at www.cdc.gov/hpv.

Where can I find out more about what is happening with HPV vaccination in South Carolina?

Please visit www.sccancer.org/initiatives/hpv-vaccination