Some parents may feel uncomfortable giving their children an HPV vaccine because the vaccine is used to prevent a sexually transmitted infection. Many parents are understandably hesitant to even think about their children being sexually active. However, the vaccines need to be given before infection with HPV in order to prevent cancer, so it is important that your child be vaccinated before he or she becomes sexually active. Your child's doctor can give you more information about HPV vaccine options and timing.
Although researchers have made some amazing progress in reducing cancer deaths, the recently released Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer shows that cases of some cancers related to HPV have continued to rise. The report's authors also note that too few American girls are getting the HPV vaccine. January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month—a good time to learn more about vaccination opportunities for your children.
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SOURCE National Cancer Institute