HPV Vaccine and Your Kids

State Epidemiologist, Allyn Nakashima, visited the GTU studio today to share some important information about a Utah campaign to spread awareness about HPV and the HPV Vaccine

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) will infected most adults at some point in their lives. HPV is preventable though a vaccine. The HPV vaccine is unique from other vaccines in that it protects your body against certain forms of cancer. The vaccine is recommended for boys and girls at age 11 or 12.

HPV Quick Fast Facts:
•HPV is so common that most adults become infected with HPV at some point in their lives. Based on 2013 CDC data, 79 million Americans have HPV and 14 million people become newly infected each year.
•Most people will never know they are infected because there are no symptoms. A person can be infected with HPV for up to 10 years before symptoms appear. Even if a person is asymptomatic, if they are infected, the can spread HPV to others through unprotected sex.
•HPV infection is most common among people in their teens and early 20s.
• Cervical cancer is the most common HPV-associated cancer among women.
•99.7% of cervical cancer is caused by HPV infection.
•Treatment for an HPV infection, once diagnosed, can include anything from cryotherapy- or freezing- of the warts, to surgical removal of parts of their reproductive system.

HPV Vaccine Fast Facts:
•The HPV vaccine protects against most cancers caused by HPV infections.
•This is the 1st vaccine developed to prevent a major type of cancer.
•There are two HPV vaccines available. Side effects of the HPV vaccine are similar to other vaccines. Side effects may include: Soreness at the injection site, nausea, dizziness and fever.
•The safety of this vaccine has been studied in clinical trials of 30,000 males and females before the FDA approved its license for the general public. Just like any other vaccine, it is continually monitored for side effects through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System and the Vaccine Safety Datalink. •The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) & The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends the HPV vaccine for boys and girls at age 11 or 12 so they are protected before ever being exposed to the virus.
•HPV vaccine is given in a 3-dose series. The 2nd vaccine is given 2 months after the 1st and the 3rd vaccine is given 6 months after the first. For full protection, make sure all 3-doses are given.
•The HPV for both boys and girls is one of the best ways to protect teen girls from getting cervical cancer.
•Most insurance plans cover the HPV vaccine for children.

For More Information about the HPV vaccine: Talk to your child’s health care provider, local health department or pharmacist, visit the Immunize Utah website, or call 1-800-275-0659

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