HPV and your child
Dr. Price strongly recommends that all Teen patients receive the GARDASIL vaccination for HPV. GARDASIL is the only vaccine that protects all young women, ages 9 to 26, against the types of HPV that cause 90% of genital warts and 75% of cervical cancer, as well as 70% of vaginal cancer cases and up to 50% of vulvar cancer cases. Although your child may not be sexually active now, parents have the chance to help protect their Teen from HPV and HPV diseases when she grows up. Like other vaccines your child may have received, GARDASIL works when given before there is any contact with the relevant HPV types. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the HPV vaccination for children 11 or 12 years of age.
What is HPV?
HPV is a widespread virus that, in the United States, will infect an estimated 75% to 80% of males and females in their lifetime. For most, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don’t clear certain types, HPV could cause significant consequences: cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in females. Other types could cause genital warts in both males and females. And there’s no way to predict who will or won’t clear the virus.
Who gets it?
When it comes to HPV, girls are only half the equation. HPV can affect both males and females. Exposure can happen with any kind of adolescent experimentation that involves genital contact with someone who has HPV—intercourse isn’t necessary. HPV often has no signs or symptoms, so it can be hard to detect. That means HPV transmission can happen without anyone knowing it.
What’s the impact on my son or daughter?
There are 4 types of HPV that cause the most HPV diseases in males and females. HPV Types 16 and 18 can lead to certain cancers in women. And HPV Types 6 and 11 can cause genital warts. Each day in the United States, 30 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer (about 11,000 women per year) and it is estimated that each minute there is a new case of genital warts in men and women.
Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients of GARDASIL, including those severely allergic to yeast, should not receive the vaccine. GARDASIL is not for women who are pregnant.