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HPV Vaccine: Why Your Child Should Get It

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a major cause of cancer in the United States. Nearly all cervical cancer is caused by HPV infection. This new report details the rise in these cancers over the last 16 years.

Schedule your teen or preteen for the HPV vaccine (Gardsil) at our Haddon Heights or Mullica Hill locations by contacting us today. 

In 2015, over 43,000 people (women and men) were diagnosed with cancers that were caused by HPV. In women, cervical cancer was the most common, although other cancers are also on the rise. In men, the largest HPV cancer concern is mouth and throat cancer. Mouth and throat cancers were responsible for 80% of the cancer cases in men.

In total, nearly half of HPV-related cancers occur in men. This is not just a problem for girls and women.

Luckily, we have a Human Papilloma Virus vaccine that can prevent most of these cancers. The HPV vaccine (Gardasil) protects against 85% of the HPV strains that cause cancer. The vaccine is effective and safe. Out of 100 million doses dispensed in the US alone, there have been no known long term side effects from the vaccine.

We recommend that all pre-teens get the vaccine starting at age 11 or 12 - boys and girls (see above). If your child is under 15, they'll need 2 doses(over 6 months) to be fully protected. Our older teens, need 3 doses over the same 6 months. Since HPV is acquired through sexual contact, it needs to be given BEFORE that happens. Of course we know that no 12 year old is currently at risk, but they will be at some point. If we wait until we know they're at risk, we've missed the best time to protect them.

The next time your pre-teen or teen comes in for a check up, please ask about getting the Gardasil vaccine.

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