Recently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made new recommendations about the Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) vaccine.
The HPV vaccine, protects against the The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STI) in the world, with an estimated 5.5 million people infected annually.
Sexually active individuals have an 80 to 85 percent chance of being infected at some time in their lives.
Although it is considered a sexually transmitted disease, it can be spread by skin-to-skin genital contact without intercourse. It is most prevalent in women 20 to 24 years of age, and prevalence decreases with age, dropping significantly after age 30.
HPV has been linked to an increase risk of cervical cancer, vulvar cancer, and vaginal cancer in women, and penile cancer in men. HPV has also been linked to increase risk for anal cancer, and oropharyngeal cancers including cancers of the back of the throat, base of the tongue and tonsils.
Who should get the HPV vaccine?
Previously, the CDC recommended that girls ages 11 to 26 receive the HPV vaccine.
The new recommendation states that boys age 11 years and older should get the same HPV vaccine that was previously indicated for females only.
The physicians at PennCare for Kids recommend and encourage parents of boys ages 11 and older receive this vaccine as well.
Please contact the office if you want to schedule you child’s HPV vaccine or if you have questions about the vaccine.
For more information about these new recommendations for the HPV vaccine, visit the CDC’s website or make an appointment with a PennCare for Kids physician by calling 800-789-PENN (7366).