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Parents are very busy and can easily forget to go back for the 2nd (and sometimes 3rd) HPV vaccine shots.


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What is HPV?

  • HPV stands for human papilloma virus. The HPV virus causes 6 types of cancers in men and women: cervical, throat and mouth, anal, vaginal, vulvar, and penile. The HPV virus also causes genital warts.

  • When the HPV virus stays in the body over a number of years, it can lead to abnormal changes in the cells. These abnormal cells can eventually turn into cancer cells.

What is the HPV Vaccine?

  • The HPV vaccine  prevents  the majority of cervical cancer, and a large percentage of other HPV-linked cancers.

  • The HPV vaccine is given as 2 shots, 6 - 12 months apart (Teens 15 and older need 3 shots).  If you are behind schedule, it's not too late to catch up. Your child needs all the recommended shots of the vaccine for full protection.

Who Should Get the HPV Vaccine?

  • The HPV vaccine is recommended for girls and boys ages 11-12 (even as early as age 9) because this is the age when their bodies respond best to the vaccine.

  • Also, preteens need to get the vaccine early so their bodies can build immunity to the virus before being exposed to the virus when they are older.

  • Teens ages 13 and older who haven't gotten the HPV vaccine yet should get it as soon as possible.