Free HPV Vaccine Available Monday September 10!

The University Health Center is excited to announce a FREE HPV vaccine clinic for Montclair State students and staff ages 26 and under on Monday, September 10, 2012. The clinic, co-sponsored by UHC and the Montclair Health Department, will be held from 10 am to 2 pm at the University Health Center in Blanton Hall. No appointment is needed for the clinic. The vaccine is now recommended for BOTH men and women to protect against genital warts and cervical cancer.

Through federal funding and a joint initiative with the Montclair Health Department, free vaccination will be provided to all students and staff that fall into the following categories:

  •         Males and females ages 26 and under who have never been vaccinated against HPV.
  •        Males and females ages 26 and under who have begun the vaccination process and need to continue or complete the    series of 3 injections

We encourage these individuals to take advantage of the opportunity to protect themselves against the most common type of sexually transmitted infection, genital human papillomavirus and the types of HPV that can cause cervical cancer, genital warts, and other related diseases.

The vaccine, called Gardasil, is a series of three injections given over a six month period.  The typical cost of each injection is between $140 and $230 and many health insurance companies do not pay for the vaccine.  The University Health Center also must charge for the Gardasil vaccine when given during a routine office visit. Thus, the clinic is a great opportunity to reduce the cost of protecting against the most common sexually transmitted infection. 

If you have never received any of the injections, come to the clinic and get the first dose free.  If you have started the series, bring documentation of your previous doses to the clinic and we will determine whether you can receive the next dose.  If so, it will be free!

Go to www.cdc.gov for additional information about HPV and the vaccine.  If you have questions about the clinic, send an email to askanurse@mail.montclair.edu.  We hope to see you on September 10!