What is HPV?
HPV is a common virus that is easily spread by skin-to-skin contact during sexual activity with another person. It is possible to have HPV without knowing it and to unknowingly spread HPV to another person.
Human papillomaviruses (HPV) cause a large number of cancers of the mouth and throat, cervix and genital organs. HPV are the most common sexually transmitted viruses in the United States, and the highest prevalence of HPV infection is found in sexually active adolescents and young adults.
Why does my teen need the HPV vaccine when they are not having sex?
1st The vaccine produces the highest antibody response when given at ages 9 through 15 years. It works better!
2nd The vaccine is most effective for preteens to get all 3 doses long before any sexual activity with another person begins. It is possible to become infected with HPV the very first time a person has sexual contact with another person. It’s most effective!
3rd Getting the first dose of vaccine at 11-12 years of age fits in with the routine pre-7th grade physical and immunization schedule. It’s recommended!
What do I need to know about the vaccine?
The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that girls and boys, 11-12 years of age, receive the HPV vaccine to protect them from the most common types of HPV and the health problems that the virus can cause. HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer in women.
The vaccine is given in 3 doses over a period of 6 months.
Contact your health care provider for further information about this vaccine.