If there is a vaccination that prevents cervical and oropharyngeal cancer, wouldn’t you want your child to be vaccinated? Gardisil protects youth from HPV 16 and 18, the two strains of hundreds that actually cause cancer. And, it provides added protection against genital warts. It is a parent responsibility to obtain information and vaccinate.
It’s a safe vaccination since the virus itself isn’t injected, only the protein sheath. However, for the vaccine to work, a series of three vaccinations is required within a 6 month time frame. Their tag line is: “Three is Key.”
Even though we have read that HPV is sexually transmitted, nothing we say will change sexual practices among our youth. Healthcare providers need to change the conversation from sex to saving lives as Dr. DePinho, president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, states.
Want to learn more about HPV? Watch this short YouTube video about 9 HPV Facts.