Get the facts about the HPV vaccine.
To get the HPV vaccine or not to get the vaccine? If this is your current question our Trophy Club, TX, physicians Drs. David Yi, Dr. April Enard, Dr. Paula Lansford-Seabaugh, and PA Carol Addy PAC can help you decide if the vaccination is right for you, your preteen or teenager. Here’s what you should know about the HPV vaccine.
HPV Is Incredibly Common
HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. The American Cancer Society reports that around 8 out of 10 people will have it during their lifetime. Many people who have it don’t even know that they are infected. While some forms of HPV will go away on their own, some cause genital warts and cancer. By getting the HPV vaccine from our Trophy Club, TX, physicians, you can protect against some of the most dangerous forms of HPV.
The Vaccine Protects Against Certain Strains of HPV
The best way to protect teens and young adults from HPV is to have them vaccinated. There are more than 100 different strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV); while the vaccine doesn’t protect against all strains, it does protect against the strains that cause genital warts and cancers that affect the,
HPV Vaccine is Only Recommended for Certain Age Groups
If you’ve already been infected at some point during your lifetime, the HPV vaccine cannot treat the form of HPV that you already have but may protect you against future HPV infections. It’s highly recommended that children between the ages of 9-12 years old get vaccinated as soon as possible. Of course, if your child is between the ages of 13 and 26 years old and hasn’t been vaccinated, they still can get vaccinated and they should. Vaccines are not typically recommended for individuals over 26 years old.
The HPV Vaccine is a Series
Three different HPV vaccines have been approved by the FDA to protect against the most common strains that can lead to HPV-related cancers. The HPV vaccine is given as a series. For individuals over 15 years old, the vaccine is administered in three doses with the second doses being administered two months after the first dose and the third and final dose being administered about four months after the second shot. Children between the ages of 9-14 years old only need two shots, with the second dose being administered about six months after the first dose.
Do you still have questions about the HPV vaccine? Need to schedule the vaccine for yourself or your teen? If so, call Trophy Club Family Medicine today at (817) 430-9111.