Some strains of the human papillomavirus have potential to cause sexually transmitted diseases like genital warts, while others are associated with cancers in both males and females. The HPV vaccine is administered in 2-3 doses and can protect against infection.
Because HPV is most often spread through sexual contact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children receive the vaccine around the ages of 11 or 12, before most children are sexually active. Both girls and boys should receive the vaccine, and some organizations recommend it as early as age 9.
People who are moderately to severely ill should not receive the vaccine, nor should pregnant women or people who are allergic to the vaccine or any of its components.
For questions about this and other vaccines, come visit our office or call us at 561-275-7100.