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Why Kids Should Get the HPV Vaccine
HPV is short for human papillomavirus, a common virus that’s typically spread through sexual contact. In the United States each year, thousands of women and men are affected by HPV-related cancers.
For this reason, HPV vaccination is recommended for preteen girls and boys at age 11 or 12 – before they are likely to be infected with the virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the immune response to the HPV vaccine is better in preteens, and this could mean better protection for your child. HPV vaccine is also recommended for girls and boys ages 13 through 26 years who haven’t yet been vaccinated.
Gardasil 9 is the only HPV vaccine available for use in the United States, and data continue to show the vaccine is safe and effective. Gardasil is given in a series of two shots over six months. Both doses are essential for optimal protection. The HPV vaccine helps protect against four strains of human papillomavirus.
Your child’s pediatrician can advise you on approved immunizations to help protect your preteen or teen against HPV as well as other communicable diseases.
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