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HPV Vaccine, Not Just For Girls!

The panel for the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices endorses the HPV vaccine for boys of 11-years-old. This is good news since once there is a recommendation by the CDC, private insurance companies will pay for them. Otherwise the vaccine can be very expensive. The vaccine is three separate doses and can be over $300 for your doctor, so even more for you!

Boys and young men should be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) to protect them from throat and anal cancers that can result from sexual activity.

It was recommended in 2006 that girls 11-26 should be vaccinated for HPV but the rates in the US are disappointing. This is a touchy subject because many parents don’t want to get their children vaccinated since they don’t want to discuss sex or even admit that sexual activity could be going on. Especially so for males because it can stem from homosexual sex.

Lately the vaccine has been an issue discussed among Republican presidential candidates when Representative Michele Bachmann falsely stated that the vaccine causes retardation. This is absolutely untrue!!

The bottom line: If vaccinated correctly it can prevent cancer. Teens will have sex regardless of parental consent, so make sure your child knows all the risks and you do everything you can to protect them. It is so important for the health and future of our children.

HPV is the most common STD in the US. 75-80% of females and males will have it at some point. It can also be transmitted through oral sex, so even if your child isn’t having intercourse they can still be at risk.

The vaccine is not as effective if it is given after sexual activity has started. Why not be safe so you don’t have to worry about it when the time does come? Make sure your child gets all three doses, which are a few months apart, in order for them to be fully covered.

Below is the most common vaccination medication for HPV – Gardasil.

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Winifred M. Reilly, M.A., MFT

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