Vaccinating your child against HPV is easy and all but required for a healthy and stable society.
Why does my child need HPV vaccine?
It is important because it protects against cancers and diseases that are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). About 1 in every 4 people in the U.S. are currently infected with the virus, and 14 million people, including teens, become infected every year. HPV infection can cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in women; penile cancer in men; and anal cancer, oropharynx cancer (cancer of the back of the throat), and genital warts in both men and women. The vaccine prevents them from ever becoming infected.
When does my child need to be vaccinated?
The HPV vaccine is recommended for preteen boys and girls at age 11 or 12 so they are protected before being exposed to the virus. Older teens are less likely to get health checkups than preteens, so if your teenager hasn’t gotten the vaccine, talk to your doctor about getting it for them as soon as possible.
Who else needs to be vaccinated?
Young women can get the HPV vaccine up to age 26, while young men can get vaccinated up to age 21. The vaccine is also recommended for men who have had sexual encounters with other men through the age of 26, and for men with compromised immune systems through the same age (if they did not receive the vaccine when they were younger).
Don’t vaccines cause autism?
No. The mythical link between autism and vaccines has been debunked by medical professionals across the world.
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