WHAT YOU AS PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HPV AND THE HPV VACCINE
What you as parents should know about HPV and the HPV vaccine.
How common is the Human Papillomavirus (HPV)?
How will I know if my child has been exposed to HPV?
Does HPV cause cancer?
Are all HPV types harmful?
Most of the information about HPV centers on young girls, but can boys also be affected by HPV?
What are genital warts and how are they related to HPV?
Can HPV infection be treated?
At what age should I get my child vaccinated?
How well does the HPV vaccine work?
How many shots will my child have to get?
It is best that you consult your doctor on the most appropriate number of shots for your child.
Will there be pain or side effects if my child gets the HPV vaccine?
The most common side effects of HPV vaccination are very mild. Aside from soreness, redness and swelling around the injection area, patients have reported headaches, all of which are self-limiting and usually resolve within 3 to 7 days. Due to reports of loss of consciousness in some adolescents, however, observation is recommended for 15 to 30 minutes in a sitting position after vaccination while still in the clinic. Speak to your doctor about the side effects of HPV vaccination.
Does early vaccination for a sexually transmitted infection encourage sex among teens?
Because of the vaccine’s association with sexual activity, there may be cultural biases against HPV vaccination. However, it is important to be vaccinated before any sexual exposure. Multiple studies have shown that starting the HPV immunization series does not result in increased sexual activity or promiscuity. On the other hand, it can serve as an opportune moment to discuss sexual health and values with your pre-teens.
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