Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that your child between the ages 11-12 should get two doses of HPV vaccine to protect them against cancers by HPV infections. Here are some important reasons to get the HPV vaccine for your child.
1. HPV is extremely common. Almost every person who is sexually active will acquire HPV at some time on their life without HPV vaccination. About 14 million including teens in America become infected with HPV each year. While most HPV infections will go away on their own, infections that don’t go away can cause certain types of cancer in men and women. HPV can cause:
- Cancer of the cervix, vagina, and vulva in women
- Cancer of the penis in men
- Cancer of the anus and back of the throat including base of the tongue and tonsils in both men and women
2. The HPV vaccination prevents cancer causing infections. HPV infections dropped significantly since the vaccination was introduced.
3. HPV causes over 33,700 cases of cancer in men and women every year in America. HPV vaccination can prevent over 90% of these cancers from ever developing by preventing the infections that cause those cancers.
4. Getting the HPV vaccine is better than treating HPV cancer later in life.
5. Three vaccines are recommended for 11-12-year-old to protect against the infections that can cause meningitis, HPV cancers, and whooping cough.
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