Who Can Get the HPV Vaccine? The Answer May Surprise You.
Wondering who can get the HPV vaccine? If you are aged 26 or younger, or if your child is, you should be thinking about the HPV vaccine. HPV stands for “human papillomavirus.” This virus is incredibly common, affecting about 1 in 4 people in the United States. Most people with HPV never experience symptoms or health problems, and most infections go away on their own within 2 years. However, sometimes HPV can last longer, and even cause cancer.
Who can get the HPV vaccine? Many people are getting the vaccine to protect themselves from cancer – and to protect their partners. Keep reading to learn more about who can get the HPV vaccine, and why it’s so important.
Book an HPV vaccination appointment at Lona Sasser Obstetrics & Gynecology for yourself or your daughter or son.
Pre-teens and teens of all genders should get the HPV vaccine. All kids aged 11 or 12 years old should get two HPV vaccine shots, six to twelve months apart. If your child receives their two shots less than five months apart, a third shot of HPV vaccine is required.
Who else should get the HPV vaccine?
- Teens who did not start or finish the HPV vaccine series
- Young women through age 26
- Young men through age 21
- Young adults who are transgender through age 26
- Young adults with immunocompromising conditions (i.e. HIV) through age 26
What types of cancer can HPV cause?
According to the CDC, HPV can cause…
- Cancers of the vulva, vagina and cervix
- Cancers of the penis
- Cancers of the back of the throat, base of tongue and tonsils
- Cancers of the anus
Of the 33,700 cancers caused by HPV each year in the United States, HPV vaccination can prevent about 31,200 from ever developing. Don’t delay; schedule an appointment to get an HPV vaccine for yourself or your teenager today! At Lona Sasser Obstetrics & Gynecology, we care deeply about the health and wellbeing of our community. That means protecting you and your loved ones from sexually transmitted infections and cancer with the help of the HPV vaccine.
Who Can Get the HPV Vaccine at Lona Sasser Obstetrics & Gynecology:
At Lona Sasser Obstetrics & Gynecology, we provide HPV vaccines and total gynecologic and obstetrical care for women and girls, as well as male-identified individuals who were assigned female at birth. You can make an appointment for HPV vaccination, STI testing, annual Well Woman Exams, first-time gynecologic checkups for teens, and other aspects of routine care. We will be happy to educate you on your birth control options, and perform IUD insertion and removal. With three expert doctors on staff, we treat a wide range of gynecologic problems and conditions. We also provide obstetrical care for those who are trying to conceive, those who are postpartum and every stage in between.
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