HPV Vaccinations Recommended

The American Academy of Pediatrics announced this week that it now recommends males, as well as females, receive a vaccine for the human papillomavirus.

HPV is responsible for a large number of cancers of the mouth, throat, cervix and genital organs, according a news release from the AAP.

The AAP recommends males and females get vaccinated when they are between 11 and 12 years of age. The vaccine is most effective if given before someone becomes sexual active. Antibody responses to the vaccine are highest between the ages of 9 and 15 years of age, according to the AAP.

“Immunization of children against HPV infection will help prevent cancers and genital warts caused by HPV,” the release states.

Always consult your family practice physician for immunization advice.

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