By: Dennis Thompson
Did you know that August is National Immunization Awareness Month? To kick off this month, we will be bringing you information and resources on the HPV vaccine and how you can engage with your teen about it!
Vaccines against the human papillomavirus (also known as the HPV virus) are important for the health of teens and adults. The vaccine helps to prevent HPV infection, which can lead to cervical cancer. HPV vaccines have sharply reduced the number of cervical infections, pre-cancerous lesions of the cervix, and genital warts in young women and girls. But, this vaccine is not just for girls and women. Teenage boys are encouraged to receive the vaccination as well. Some parents fear that getting vaccinated will make their teen more likely to have sex. Research shows that the HPV vaccine does not encourage teens to start having sex or have more sex. There is also no evidence that the HPV vaccine will make it harder to have children in the future. This article from U.S. News and World Report by Dennis Thompson highlights the benefits of the HPV vaccine for young women and girls and how early vaccination is important for preventing cervical cancer later in life.
To know more about the HPV vaccine and read the full article, click on the link here: https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2019-04-18/hpv-vaccine-driving-down-cervical-pre-cancer-rates