The Right Time to Vaccinate
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and with the new school year quickly approaching, it’s also a great time to bring your child in for a wellness visit. If you’re the parent of a 9 to 12 year old child, you should know the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends they start the HPV vaccine now to help protect them against six types of cancer.
Protect Against HPV Before Exposure
Boys and girls are vaccinated against HPV before they’re exposed to an infection – just like with measles or pneumonia. HPV is so common that most people will be exposed at some point in their lives. Every year in the U.S., 27,000 people get cancer caused by HPV, including anal, cervical, oropharyngeal, penile, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. By starting HPV vaccination early, you offer the most HPV cancer prevention for your child.
HPV Vaccine is Safe and Effective
Decades of research have proven the HPV vaccines to be safe, effective, and provide lasting protection. Like any medication, vaccines can cause minor side effects, including pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site. That’s normal for the HPV vaccine, too, and should go away in a day or two.
Summer’s winding down, but cancer prevention is revving up! If your child is 9 years or older, ask your health care provider to include the HPV vaccine at their next wellness visit.