Guess what? There is a vaccine to protect against the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is actually a family of more than 100 viruses, and 14 types of HPV virus can cause cancer. While you may have heard a lot about HPV causing sexually transmitted infections that have been linked to cancers, there are types of HPV virus that are not transmitted sexually that can cause cancers in the mouth and throat. The good news is that the HPV vaccine is safe and effective for preventing infections both in the head and neck area and in the genital area. Dr. Karen Lui, a pediatrician from the Rush University Medical Center, mentions that it is important to get your teens vaccinated against HPV before they become sexually active. The first dose is recommended for boys and girls between the ages of 9-12 years old. Dr. Lui also emphasizes that this is when their immune system response is strongest and receiving this vaccine during these years would be most beneficial.
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