HPV Vaccine

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What parents need to know

Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted illness. Over a lifetime, the risk of catching any kind of genital HPV is 75 percent to 90 percent.

There are two approved vaccines against HPV, parents may want to consider having their children vaccinated. The general recommendation is to vaccinate 11- and 12-year-old girls, and boys ages 9 to 26 years. Having all the facts can help you decide if the vaccine is right for your children.

To read more about the risks and benefits of the HPV vaccine, go to Intelihealth

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