HPV is the abbreviation for human papillomavirus. There are about 100 types of HPV viruses and some of these types cause cancer. The HPV vaccine is cancer prevention for your child. It is the only vaccine available to prevent six types of gender-specific cancer. The vaccine is given as a shot, in two doses, six months apart at your doctor’s office.
Both boys and girls should be vaccinated to protect them from gender-specific cancers including cervical cancer and cancer of the throat, tongue and tonsils. All six types of cancers that can be prevented with the HPV vaccine is listed on their website CancerUtah.org .
The HPV vaccine has been studied now for more than a decade and during that time there has been no sign of the vaccine losing any of its effectiveness in individuals that received the vaccine that long ago.
Less than 50 percent of adolescent boys and girls in our state are receiving the HPV vaccine. But, it’s not about rates. It’s about each individual child and their health. Parents, you can protect your child from six types of cancer by getting them vaccinated.
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