DISEASES and the VACCINES THAT PREVENT THEM
Updated June 2014
As parents, you do everything you can to protect your childrenâ€™s health for now and for the future.
Today, there is a strong weapon to prevent several
types of cancer in our kids: the HPV vaccine.
HPV and Cancer
HPV is short for Human Papillomavirus, a common
virus. In the United States each year, there are
about 17,500 women and 9,300 men affected by
HPV-related cancers. Many of these cancers could be
prevented with vaccination. In both women and
men, HPV can cause anal cancer and mouth/throat
(oropharyngeal) cancer. It can also cause cancers of
the cervix, vulva and vagina in women; and cancer of
the penis in men.
For women, screening is available to detect most cases
of cervical cancer with a Pap smear. Unfortunately,
there is no routine screening for other HPV-related
cancers for women or men, and these cancers can
cause pain, suffering, or even death. That is why a
vaccine that prevents most of these types of
cancers is so important.
More about HPV
HPV is a virus passed from one person to another
during skin-to-skin sexual contact, including vaginal,
oral, and anal sex. HPV is most common in people
in their late teens and early 20s.Almost all sexually
active people will get HPV at some time in their lives,
though most will never even know it.
Most of the time, the body naturally fights off HPV,
before HPV causes any health problems. But in some
cases, the body does not fight off HPV, and HPV can
cause health problems, like cancer and genital warts.
Genital warts are not a life-threatening disease, but
they can cause emotional stress, and their treatment
can be very uncomfortable.About 1 in 100 sexually
active adults in the United States have genital warts at
any given time.
Why does my child need this now?
HPV vaccines offer the best protection to girls and boys who receive all
three vaccine doses