The Human Papillomavirus Vaccine saves lives, and is most effective when administered early. Call us at 808-589-1149 for an appointment or stop by to get vaccinated.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) remains a serious issue in the United States. It is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. and the major cause of cervical cancer in women. Each year 14 million people become newly infected with HPV. However, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers when protective measures are taken, such as the HPV vaccine, education and condom use.
- Nearly all sexually active people will contract a form of HPV at some point in their lives.
- While there are more than 100 types of HPV, HPV 16 and 18 are responsible for 70 percent of cervical cancer cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated HPV causes more than 20,000 cases of cancer in women each year and about 12,000 cases in men.
- One of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health is to make sure they get all of the recommended vaccines, including for HPV. While the HPV vaccine is most effective when children are 11 and 12, it is recommended to be given up to age 26.
- The FDA has approved this vaccine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has included it in its list of recommended vaccines for girls and boys aged 11-12. Leading medical groups, including the American Cancer Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as Planned Parenthood, support young men and women having access to HPV vaccine.
- Research also shows that the HPV vaccine does not encourage young people to have sex. It keeps young people healthy and safe, and it can give parents a great way to talk with their kids about sex and sexual health.
To learn more about getting the HPV Vaccine at Planned Parenthood of Hawaii, please click here.
Feel free to contact our Care Connect Center at 808-589-1149 to make an appointment for the HPV vaccine today.