Reasons to Get Vaccinated
HPV vaccination is recommended for all children at age 11–12-years to protect against cancers caused by HPV infections.
Almost every person who is sexually active will get HPV at some time in their life. About 14 million Americans, including teens, become infected with HPV each year. While most HPV infections will go away on their own, infections that don’t go away can cause certain types of cancer.
HPV can cause cancers of the:
HPV infections, genital warts, and cervical precancers (abnormal cells on the cervix that can lead to cancer) have dropped significantly since the vaccine has been in use in the United States.
Infections with HPV types that cause most HPV cancers and genital warts have dropped 86 percent among teen girls. Among vaccinated women, the percentage of cervical precancers caused by the HPV types most often linked to cervical cancer dropped by 40 percent.
HPV is estimated to cause nearly 36,000 cases of cancer in men and women every year in the United States. HPV vaccination can prevent more than 32,000 of these cancers from ever developing by preventing the infections that cause those cancers. That’s the same as the average attendance for a baseball game.
HPV can cause six types of cancer. Only cervical cancer can be detected early. The other five cancers may not be detected until they cause health problems.
Most children only need two doses of HPV vaccine when vaccinated before age 15 years. You can take advantage of any visit to your child’s doctor to get recommended vaccines for your child, including sports physicals or annual checkups, or when getting other vaccinations such as an annual flu shot.