HPV Vaccine: Important Things You Should Know

A lot of parents want to know how safe, beneficial and effective the vaccine for HPV is for their boys and girls. In this article, we will be answering questions that border on the human papillomavirus to guide your decision.

What is HPV?

This is the commonest STI (sexually transmitted infection) that can infect almost all sexually active persons at some point in their lives who haven't been vaccinated against the viral infection - report from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention states.

The report shows that every year, 14 million new cases arise. Both men and women do have HPV. And it leads to cervical cancer, precancerous genital warts, most throat and neck cancer, and a lot of other uncommon cancer. Get an HPV vaccination in London today at our clinic.

Why is the HPV vaccine recommended?

Lives can be saved when it comes to the HPV vaccine. About 24,000 women and 17,000 men experience HPV-related cancers. But if each child gets a vaccine against HPV, it can reduce these statistics drastically. Research reveals that the HPV vaccine has a high success rate of keeping the virus at bay. There has also been a reduction in the number of HPV cases among teenage girls since the invention of the vaccine. Again, the side effects are very low.

Are there several adverse side effects of the HPV vaccine? If yes, what are they?

The number of side effects the HPV vaccine has is on the low. In fact, the effects that are common include swelling, warmth, and mild soreness on the area injected. However, these effects can be noticed with any kind of shot. In like manner, after getting injected, kids may faint, and could get injured from a fall due to fainting. In certain clinics, the doctor may ensure your child is seated until they feel better. As a parent, keep an eye on your child and don't hesitate to give us a call should anything go south.

Do well to verify any source of information about HPV and other vaccines. This is because there is a lot of information on the internet and it gets difficult to know what's true and what's not. Also bear in mind that baseless information can spread very fast.

Can all HPV types be prevented with this vaccine?

While there may be above 150 types of HPV, some are not dangerous. The available vaccine provides protection against the 9 common types that leads to genital warts and cancer. This includes types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58. Around 70% of all cases of cervical cancer around the world are caused by types 16 and 18.

Do male children need the HPV vaccine? Why?

There are more reported cases of HPV in men than there are in women based on a report from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So, any future infection that could bring about some cancer types in men is prevented with this vaccine.

It's not been long since the invention of the HPV vaccine. So, how can I ascertain its safety and effectiveness for my child?

In 2006, the HPV vaccine for girls was invented while that for boys came in 2010. And it has undergone series of thorough testing and clinical trials over the years to ensure its safety and efficacy before gaining the approval of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). This vaccine, just like other vaccines, is being monitored regularly by the CDC and FDA to check its safety and function. There is sufficient evidence to support the effectiveness of this vaccine. Interestingly, there has been a reduction in HPV cases in teenage girls by 71% since its invention.

Why is the vaccine administered at a very young age like 9, 11 and 12 years?

This is because the efficacy of the vaccine is better felt when given at a young age, where it's done in 2 doses. The second dose comes 6 months after the first shot. Again, this vaccine can be administered at the same time as other vaccines given to preteens. Even after the age of 12, this vaccine is still effective. Adults at the age of 26 can get it too. But note that from 15 years and above, 3 doses are the requirement and it may not work so well.

Another important aspect to mention is giving this vaccine to children before they become sexually active - it's very important. Well, as parents, this may not be easy to discuss with children, however, if you need them to be safe, you should do this.

Can the HPV vaccine instigate early sex?

Sexual activity at an early age is not associated with HPV vaccine according to some studies.

In what way can I tell my child the use of the vaccine?

This comes down to how mature they are and how they can understand. But the simplest way to present this discussion is to tell them the vaccine is a protection for them against certain cancer types and other diseases when they grow older.

Can every child get this vaccine?

Certainly! Once they are at the right age, the vaccine can be administered according to the prescribed dosage. Just tell them what the vaccine is for and how beneficial it will be to their health. In general, early HPV vaccination is very good.

Where can I get more information about the HPV vaccine?

You can speak with your child's doctor to know more about this vaccine and how to get your child prepared for it. We also have highly experienced private gynaecologists London at our clinic. For more useful information, feel free to book an appointment with us anytime soon.

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