Parents are very busy and can easily forget to go back for the 2nd (and sometimes 3rd) HPV vaccine shots.
After your child gets the 1st HPV vaccine shot, you can sign up for reminders!
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.
The HPV vaccine prevents the majority of cervical cancer, and a large percentage of other HPV-linked cancers.
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.