As a parent, you know that nothing is more important than the safety of your child and protecting him or her from illness or injury. You make sure your child buckles up in the car. You get the right gear to protect him or her from sports injuries. You take your child to the doctor for regular checkups. But what about helping to protect your son or daughter's future from the consequences of human papillomavirus (HPV)?
What is HPV?
It is widespread virus that can infect most males and females in their lifetime. It's estimated that 75% to 80% will be affected. For most, HPV clears on its own. However, there is no way of knowing who will or won't clear the virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), certain types of HPV can cause cancers and other diseases in both males and females. There is a way to help protect your child against certain types of HPV that can lead to cancer.
The CDC recommends vaccination with the anti-HPV vaccine (Gardasil) for ages 11 and up for both boys and girls. Call us today for more information or to schedule an appointment for your son or daughter.