Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Update
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine
Neoplasms | Pediatrics | Virus Diseases
Rates of cancers attributable to human papillomavirus (HPV) are rising. A safe and extremely effective vaccine is available to prevent many of these cancers. Studies have shown that health care providers' recommendation to immunize is the most important factor in parents' decision. Parents of all adolescent boys and girls should receive a strong and unequivocal recommendation to vaccinate their child against HPV at the 11- or 12-year-old well child visit. Ideally, adolescents complete their HPV vaccine series by their 13th birthday, leading to greater immune response and protection before most adolescents are exposed to sexually transmitted HPV.
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Citation: Pediatr Clin North Am. 2017 Apr;64(2):321-329. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2016.11.003. Link to article on publisher's site
Human papillomavirus, Vaccine, Cervical cancer, Oropharyngeal cancer
Blake, Diane R. and Middleman, Amy B., "Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Update" (2017). Pediatric Publications and Presentations. 133.