martes, 23 de octubre de 2012

CDC Features - Are Your Kids Protected from HPV-related Cancers?

CDC Features - Are Your Kids Protected from HPV-related Cancers?

Are Your Kids Protected from HPV-related Cancers?

It's easy to get very busy with school, activities, work, and all of the juggling that parents of preteens and teens do every day. For the sake of your children's health, take the time to get them the life-saving HPV vaccine to protect against HPV-related cancers.
About 20 million people, most in their teens and early 20s, are infected with HPV. Each year in the United States, about 18,000 HPV-associated cancers occur in women and cervical cancer is the most common. Also, about 7,000 HPV-associated cancers occur in men and oropharyngeal cancers are the most common. Anal cancer caused by HPV affects both men and women, with more women than men diagnosed each year. If we protect our boys and girls now through vaccination, we could reduce disease and cancer due to HPV.

More about HPV vaccine

HPV vaccines are safe and effective vaccines given in a series of 3 shots over a six-month period.  It is very important to complete all of the shots to be fully protected. More than 46 million doses of HPV vaccine have been safely given across the country.

Who should get HPV vaccine?

If your son or daughter is age 11 or 12 years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) recommend you vaccinate now to protect your child against HPV-related cancer.
If your son or daughter is older than 11 or 12 and has not started these shots, it's not too late to schedule an appointment to begin the series.
Photo: Calendar Don't forget to schedule Adobe PDF file [PDF - 304KB] your son's or daughter's 2nd and 3rd doses!

How can I learn more about HPV and HPV vaccine?

To learn more about HPV vaccine, visit HPV Vaccine for Preteens and Teens.
Get your questions about HPV vaccine answered by checking out HPV Vaccine - Questions & Answers.
To learn about who should and should not get this vaccine, when they should be vaccinated, and the risks and benefits of this vaccine, consult the two HPV vaccine information statements.

Use any appointment to get vaccinated!

Take advantage of any visit to the doctor—checkups, sick visits, even physicals for sports or college—to ask the doctor about what shots your preteens and teens need.
Families who need help paying for vaccines should ask their health care provider about Vaccines for Children (VFC). The VFC program provides vaccines at no cost to uninsured and underinsured children younger than 19 years. For help in finding a local health care provider who participates in the program, parents can call 800-CDC-INFO or go to

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