WHY WOULD MY DAUGHTER OR SON NEED AN HPV VACCINE?

HPV is a vaccine to prevent cancer. Girls vaccinated against HPV have a 90% decreased risk of developing cervical cancer as compared to unvaccinated girls. We now know that the HPV vaccine can prevent almost 70% of throat cancers. The vaccine also can almost entirely eliminate the risk of genital warts. While not deadly, genital warts cause great emotional distress and are very difficult and painful to treat. The recommended schedule is for both girls and boys by vaccinated against HPV starting at age 11 or 12 but vaccine as young as 9 is allowable. For anyone not previously immunized against HPV, vaccine is recommended up to 26 years of age and in certain cases, after consultation with your health care provider, up to 45 years of age.

Why does my son or daughter need the HPV vaccine?

The HPV vaccine protects against most of the cancers caused by the human papillomavirus. HPV is a very common virus that spreads through sexual contact. Approximately 14 million people become infected each year. HPV can cause cancers of the anus, cervix, vagina, vulva, penis, mouth and throat. It is recommended that both boys and girls receive the vaccine at age 11 or 12 so they are protected before ever being exposed.

Will the flu shot give my son or daughter the flu?

You cannot get the flu from the flu shot. The immunization may cause mild symptoms, like soreness and a low fever, but that is not influenza. These symptoms usually go away a day or two after vaccination.

Why does my son need the HPV vaccine?

The HPV vaccine protects against most of the cancers caused by the human papillomavirus. HPV is a very common virus that spreads through sexual contact. HPV is a very common virus; Approximately 14 million men and women become infected each year. HPV can cause penile, anal and throat cancer, as well as genital warts in males. It is recommended that both boys and girls receive the vaccine at age 11 or 12 so they are protected before ever being exposed.

Is the flu shot safe?

The flu vaccine has been studied very carefully and is safe. The CDC and FDA continue to monitor the safety of vaccines including all the influenza vaccinations available annually (as with each year the prevalence of different strains change). The CDC uses 3 systems to monitor the safety of vaccines including the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), Vaccines Safety Datalink (VSD), and the Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment Project (CISA). The immunization may cause mild symptoms, like soreness and a low fever, but that is not influenza. These symptoms usually go away a day or two after vaccination. You cannot get the flu from the flu shot.

Is the HPV vaccine safe?

Yes. HPV vaccines have been carefully studied and monitored for many years with no serious safety concerns. Since the HPV vaccine was approved in 2006, more than 80 million doses have been administered. The most common side effect reported was pain and swelling at the shot location in the arm, fever, dizziness and nausea. These side effects are the same for most vaccines. Children with severe allergies to yeast or latex should not get certain HPV vaccines. Be sure to tell your doctor or nurse about any allergies.

Should my son or daughter get the shot in the arm or nasal spray for their flu vaccine?

Both types of flu shot have been studied carefully and are safe. The CDC and FDA continue to monitor the safety of vaccines including all the influenza vaccinations available annually (as with each year the prevalence of different strains change). The CDC uses 3 systems to monitor the safety of vaccines including the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), Vaccines Safety Datalink (VSD), and the Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment Project (CISA). Talk to your doctor about which one is best for your child. Children, preteens and teens with chronic health conditions, like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease should NOT get the nasal spray vaccine and instead get the injectable (shot).

Is the HPV vaccine expensive?

Most insurance companies cover the HPV vaccine. Ask your doctor about the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, which provides vaccines for children ages 18 and younger who are uninsured and Medicaid-eligible.

Is the flu shot expensive?

The flu shot is very affordable. Most insurances pay for the vaccine without a co-pay. Ask your doctor about the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, which provides vaccines for children ages 18 and younger who are uninsured and Medicaid-eligible.

Does the HPV vaccine cause serious health problems?

No. There are many myths about the HPV vaccine. HPV vaccines have been and continue to be studied very carefully, with no serious safety concerns noted. The link to the brochure below lists some of the studies, and has links to that information. Since the vaccine was approved in 2006, more than 80 million doses of the HPV vaccine have been administered. The most common side effect reported was pain and swelling at the shot location in the arm, fever, dizziness and nausea. These are the same side effects reported for most vaccines.