As more than 80% of people will get a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection at some point in their lives, make vaccinating your children part of their back-to-school preparation. MD Anderson Cancer Center strongly recommends that all females and males 9-26 years old receive the HPV vaccine. Unvaccinated men and women ages 27–45 can also get the HPV vaccine and should talk to their doctor about the benefits of the vaccine. The vaccine is most effective when given to males and females ages 11-12.
HPV related cancers
HPV can lead to cancers such as cervical, anal, penile, throat/tonsil, vaginal and vulvar. The HPV vaccine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2006, and has the power to prevent all of these.
“The HPV vaccine is one of the most effective strategies we have for preventing cancer – and it’s safe. This National Immunization Awareness Month, I encourage parents to vaccinate their kids so we can end cancer for future generations,” said Dr. Peter WT Pisters, MD Anderson president.
Learn more about the HPV vaccine and how you can protect your kids from developing certain types of cancer in their life.