As you geared up to get your kids back to school.
did you remember to ask their doctor about the H-P-V
It prevents sexually transmitted infection and several
different cancers in both girls and boys.
Heavy topics to consider for your pre-teen, but in
today's On Your Side, Consumer Reports says that is
exactly the age to be thinking about it.
As a pediatrician, Doctor Wendy Proskin understands
the importance of vaccinations.
Particularly against human papilloma virus, or H-P-V.
It's the only vaccine that we have that prevents cancer.
Roughly 79-million Americans are infected with H-P-V,
and an estimated 14-million new H-P-V infections occur
every year -- with half of those in people between
15 and 24 years old.
But it doesn't discriminate by gender.
HPV is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection,
in both males and females.
It can cause genital warts and several different kinds
of cancer, including cervical and cancer of the mouth
The good news is, studies have found that the F-D-A
approved vaccine, can be nearly 100 percent effective.
Yet adoption has been extremely low, while the rate
of some of the associated cancers remains high, which
has medical experts at Consumer Reports, concerned.
Orly Avitzur, M.D.,
There are very few side effects.
If parents can get on board and start vaccinating
their kids, HPV can probably be eradicated.
Given as a series of three injections, ideally over
six months, the vaccine is most effective when it
is given before any possible exposure to the virus
- which means before kids are sexually active.
Orly Avitzur, M.D.,
Parents question why they're
giving it to their 11-year-old,
but concerns about it encouraging sexual promiscuity
It is an important conversation for parents and doctors
Pediatricians like Doctor Proskin, agree.
While it's best to get the vaccine as a pre-teen,
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says
it may be given through age 26.
The C-D-C also says protection from the vaccine lasts
at least 8 to 10 years and possibly longer.
The effectiveness is being monitored to determine
if a booster is needed.