WHAT IS HPV? SHOULD MY CHILD HAVE GARDASIL VACCINATION?August 18, 2016
HPV (short for human papillomavirus) is a virus you may not know too much about, but you should.
As a parent, you know that nothing is more important than the safety of your child and protecting him or her from illness or injury. You make sure your child has a healthy diet. You get the right gear to protect him or her from sports injuries. You take your child to the doctor for regular checkups.
There are about 40 types of HPV that can affect the genital area. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 14 million new genital HPV infections* in the United States each year. It is estimated that approximately 50% of them occur in 15- to 24-year-olds.
HPV is a widespread virus that affects most people in their lifetime. For most, HPV clears on its own. But for others who don't clear certain types, HPV could cause significant consequences: cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, and vulvar cancer in females and anal cancer in males and females. Other types could cause genital warts in both males and females. And there's no way to predict who will or won't clear the virus.
Here are some important facts you should know about HPV:
Any genital contact with someone who has HPV puts you at risk — intercourse isn’t necessary
For many, HPV is transmitted during their first 2 to 3 years of sexual contact*
Each day in the United States, 33 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer (about 12,360 women per year)
We recommend Gardasil Vaccination to reduce your child's lifetime risk of HPV infection and the diseases and cancers associated with HPV. Call today for more information.