Protect your child with HPV Inoculations
Free HPV inoculations or vaccines are now offered by the government. This is protection against HPV (Human papillomavirus) infection and the health problems that HPV infection can cause. Two vaccines, Cerva-Rix and Gardasil, protect against cervical cancers in women. Gardasil also protects against genital warts and cancers of the anus, vagina and vulva. Both vaccines are available for females and Gardasil is available for males.
HPV vaccines offer the best protection to girls and boys who receive three vaccine doses and have time to cultivate a resistance to the virus before becoming sexually active. Therefore, the recommendation for HPV vaccination to pre-teen girls and boys.
Who else should get the HPV vaccine?
HPV vaccines are also recommended for teenage children who never received the vaccine, teen girls and young women up to age 26, as well as teen boys and young men to age 21.
Gay and bisexual men, men and women with weak immune systems and people living with HIV/AIDS up to age 26, should also get the vaccination if they haven’t had it before.
What is HPV?
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). Over 40 HPV types can infect the genital areas of males and females as well as the mouth and throat. People get infected without knowing it. HPV is different to herpes and HIV.
How do people get HPV?
It is passed on through genital contact or oral sex, between straight and same-sex partners. Even when the infected person shows no symptoms.
A person may have HPV even years after the last sexual contact with an infected person. Most people don’t know they are infected or that they are passing on the virus.
In rare cases an infected pregnant woman can pass HPV to her baby during delivery. The child may develop recurrent respiratory papillomatose, which is warts in the throat.
HPV and Cancer
Several types of cancer are associated with HPV:
- Cervical cancer: The most common HPV-associated cancer. Almost all cervical cancer is caused by HPV.
- Vulvar cancer
- Vaginal cancer
- Penile cancer
- Anal cancer
- Cancers of the back of the throat (including the base of the tongue and tonsils)
This vaccine is insurance against these cancers. Protect your child!