October 27, 2011
The CDC advisory board recommends boys getting their HPV vaccination between the ages of 11-12 tp protect against sexually transmitted forms of human papillomavirus.
Strains of HPV can cause a number of tumors, including cervical cancer, anal cancer, mouth cancer and throat cancer, as well as genital warts.
For a number of years it was recommended by the CDC that girls receive the vaccination in 3 phrases. The CDC wants to have them vaccinated before they become sexually active.
Most people are able to get rid of the virus, within two years, without vaccination. But individuals whose immune systems do not destroy the virus are at risk for contracting one of the cancers or genital warts, according to a Cleveland Clinic physician. HPV strains 6 and 11 can cause genital warts and strains 16 and 18 may lead to cancer.
So next time your child is headed to the doctors ask about this HPV vaccine.