Children and Teens Need the Green Light From Their Doctors in Order to Take the HPV Vaccine

Before we start explaining anything, let’s take it form the top.

What is HPV?

The human papilloma virus is the root cause for almost all cervical cancer cases and almost 92% of all anal, vaginal, cervical, vulval, penile and oral cancers. There are different variants of the infection but the main two that cause cervical cancer are the HPVs 16 and 18. The HPV 6 and 11 are the common causes of genital warts and respiratory papillomatosis.

Is it necessary to get vaccinated?

That is a matter of personal opinion but as time passes by, a lot more people are joining the HPV bandwagon. A lot of parents are worried about the after effects of the vaccination seeing that there hasn’t been enough studies and research done but scientists “assure” us that being vaccinated reduces the chances of getting the aforementioned cancers.

When is the age for children/teens to get the vaccination?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends boys and girls receive the three-dose HPV vaccination beginning at age 11 or 12.

How do both the parents and the doctors play a role in the ultimate decision?

A doctors chose of words can actually determine whether or not the patient will get the vaccine. How? If a general practitioner says things like “it will save your child’s life” or “it will reduce the chances of her getting cervical cancer” he/she is more likely to convince even the most skeptic of parents to allow their kid(s) to be vaccinated.

At the end of the day…….the choice should be the children’s. Time should be taken for proper sensitization.

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