The Human Papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives. There are many different types of HPV. Certain strains of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) cause cervical cancer in girls and genital warts in both boys and girls.
There are vaccines to prevent HPV. These vaccines are safe and effective! They can protect males and females against diseases (including cancers) caused by HPV when given in the recommended age groups. HPV vaccines are given in three shots over six months; it is important to get all three doses.
All boys and girls ages 11 or 12 years should get vaccinated. It is important that children receive the vaccine prior to becoming sexually active. Once an individual is sexually active, they increase the likelihood of being exposed to HPV.
Catch-up vaccines are recommended for males through age 21 and for females through age 26, if they did not get vaccinated when they were younger.
Many Cayuga County pediatricians and family health care providers offer the HPV vaccine to their patients.
Ask your doctor about the vaccine and schedule your child's appointment.
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