HPV Vaccine Information for Parents
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Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus. It spreads easily from person to person through skin-to-skin or sexual contact. There are many types of HPV viruses. Genital or mucosal HPV can cause warts in the genitals. Cutaneous or nonmucosal HPV can cause warts on the hands or feet. Some genital HPV types may cause cancer.
Your child can get a shot to help prevent the HPV types that can cause cancer, genital warts, or warts near the opening of the butt (anus). The vaccine is safe and effective. It is recommended that your child get the vaccine at about 11–12 years of age. Getting the vaccine before your child is sexually active gives them the best protection from HPV through adulthood.
During pregnancy, HPV can be passed to the baby. This infection can cause warts to form in the baby's throat and mouth.
Have your child get the HPV vaccine before they become sexually active. The best time to get the shot is at around 11–12 years of age. The vaccine may be given to children as young as 9 years old.
Your child is less likely to get these cancers if they get the vaccine before they become sexually active.
The vaccine also prevents genital warts caused by HPV.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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