Duke Medicine: Many girls missing out on benefits of HPV vaccine
About half of girls are receiving the HPV vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer. Find out more about the vaccine, what it prevents and how it's given.Posted — Updated
The HPV vaccine was in the news last week when a government medical panel recommended the shot, designed originally for girls, also be given to boys.
The HPV vaccine has been on the market for about five years now. But Thakkar tells me that only about 50 percent of girls have received it. It's designed for ages 9 to 26, though most pediatricians recommend it when children reach 11 or 12 years. It's best if the vaccine is given before girls become sexually active.
"This is something that can be simple enough and you can protect your young daughter for cervical cancer," Thakkar tells me. "We have a lot of work to do."
For more about what the vaccine is, what it prevents and how it's given, watch my interview with Dr. Thakkar. And check back next Wednesday for more about the vaccination for boys.
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