The HPV Vaccine and Kids
Date: 2020-05-31 12:12:54
It can cause throat cancer and cervical cancer. “Once you’re infected with HPV, you will have it in your system for life,” explained Dr. Denise Drago, a pediatrician with Lee Health. Which is why doctors are educating families on the benefits of the HPV vaccine. “You want to protect your kids before they are really at risk. The vaccine won’t reverse the HPV you already have, but it can protect against the strains you don’t have that are in the vaccine,” she said.
The HPV vaccine can be given to children as young as nine years old. Studies show the vaccine is most effective between the ages of 9 and 14. “If you get the vaccine under 15, you get one shot and then one shot six months later, so it’s two doses, and if you get it after 15, it’s three doses,” said Dr. Drago.
HPV is transmitted sexually. Doctors say the goal, is to give children the vaccine before they become sexually active. “The vaccine actually works better the younger you are,” she said.
The HPV vaccine covers nine different strains of the disease, which are the most common cancer-causing strains. Offering protection early from a potentially deadly disease.
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