Hey parents, did you know that your child is at risk of getting an STD (sexually transmitted disease)? It is estimated that nearly all sexually active individuals will get HPV (Human Papillomavirus) at some point in their lives.
Now we know what you are thinking… “My child isn’t sexually active yet!”
That may be true, but HPV is so common that the best protection is to get your child vaccinated before they become sexually active. This will allow the vaccine to develop an immune response within the body. Currently there is a FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved series of vaccines (3 shots total) that are available for both preteen girls and boys around the ages 11 and 12.
It is important to note that a person with HPV has no symptoms. Studies also show that individuals with HPV also have an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer. But keep in mind, prevention is possible!
Here are 7 facts about the HPV vaccine:
- There are 3 vaccines approved by the FDA to prevent HPV infection.
- The HPV vaccine can help prevent many types of cancer (such as vaginal, cervical, anal and throat).
- The HPV vaccine can be given to females until they are 27 years old.
- Males can get the vaccine as well, up to age 22.
- Two of the HPV vaccines can protect against genital warts.
- No serious side effects have been shown to be caused by the vaccines.
- Protection from the HPV vaccine is long lasting.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and FDA continue to carefully study and monitor the HPV vaccine; these studies have continued to show that the HPV vaccines are safe and effective. Parents are encouraged to talk to your child’s doctor about the HPV vaccine and what they can do to make sure their child is protected.
Moda Health offers members with a pharmacy benefit HPV immunization services at select network pharmacies. For a complete list of network pharmacies or for questions, call Moda Health Pharmacy Customer Service at 888-361-1610.
Feature photo by By: Agência Brasília