Unless there is a contraindication of course your child should get the HPV vaccine.
Why wouldn’t you protect your child from the most common STD associated with genital warts and various cancers.
Here is why your child should get the vaccine:
1. The vaccine can prevent infection with the types of HPV that most commonly cause genital warts and HPV related cancers.
2. Kids are sexually active, often from a young age. It is ideal to get the 3 doses before any type of sexual activity takes place. However, even if sexual activity has already taken place, the vaccine should still be given.
3. 1 in 4 adolescent females has an STD.
4. Most adolescents who are infected don’t know they have it.
5. By age 50, at least 4 out of 5 women will have been infected with HPV at some point in their lives.
6. HPV accounts for 70-80% of head and neck cancers in North America and Europe, especially in young men.
In general, females receive the vaccine between the ages of 9-26, while males can receive it between the ages of 9-21.
The vaccine is extremely effective, with data showing a 64% reduction in vaccine type HPV infection among teen girls in the US since 2006. A study of Gardasil 9 showed that the vaccine was 97% effective in preventing high-grade precancerous cervical lesions and cancer in women who had never been exposed to the virus.
Thinking of our kids as sexual beings can be difficult but it is our responsibility to protect them and keep them healthy. Parents can also rest assured that the vaccine is safe.
Talk to your child’s healthcare provider about the HPV vaccine.
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