Opinions on mandating hpv vaccine
The HPV vaccine can protect children as young as 11 years old and adults up to 45 years old. They can tell you more about the vaccine and advise you on whether it’s right for you or your child.
September 13, 2011 — Texas Governor Rick Perry has taken a lot of heat from his rivals in the Republican presidential debates, largely because of a 2007 executive order he signed that required all sixth-grade girls in his state receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
The virus can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact or through sexual activity.
Two vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, have been approved by the FDA to protect against certain cancer-causing strains of HPV (there are more than 40 strains that can be sexually transmitted, but only certain high-risk types are linked to problems like cancer and genital warts).The Gardasil vaccines also protect against strains 6 and 11.These two strains are known to cause genital warts.In contrast, about two-thirds of teens have had recommended shots for meningitis and for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Experts speculate that the low vaccination rates may have something to do with cost (around 0, but it’s generally covered by insurance) and time (three shots over six months), but that the vaccine’s biggest obstacle is misinformation.Since HPV is a sexually transmitted infection, many parents may think their daughters don’t need to be vaccinated until they’re sexually active — but that’s a mistake.
Mild to moderate side effects occur more often but are still uncommon.