Kids and Teens Hit the Jackpot With HPV Vaccine
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Kids and Teens Hit the Jackpot With HPV Vaccine

In October, 2015 a group of 11 women working at the Canada Post won a $9 million lotto jackpot. And when the HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine was approved by the FDA in 2006, women (as well as girls and boys) around the world hit the jackpot too! According to data analyzed by the CDC: “Within six years of vaccine introduction, there was a 64 percent decrease in 4vHPV-type prevalence among females ages 14 to 19 and a 34 percent decrease among those ages 20 to 24 years.” Clearly, the HPV vaccine works—and as a result we can expect to see a major decrease in the incidence of cervical cancer, as well as cancer of the throat, anus and vagina that are triggered by HPV. Plus, now the vaccine is even more protective than earlier versions: It covers nine strains of HPV, as opposed to four.

This vaccine introduces a small dose of various deactivated strains of HPV to the immune system, which then produces antibodies designed to kill them off. Some time later, if a living infection of the same strain tries to invade your child’s body, the already-fired-up immune system is ready to crush it. True, vaccines are not 100 percent fool proof, but you’d be foolish not to get this one for your daughters and sons. Just how often can you help protect your child from any form of cancer? Well, this is one sure way. And pretty soon it may be advocated for the 40-plus crowd too!

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HPV

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted disease that can sometimes cause genital warts. Certain types of HPV can also cause cancer in some individuals. Some people never know they have HPV at all, since symptoms arent ...

always noticeable. If you are sexually active, you are at risk for contracting HPV. About 50% of people that have sex acquire HPV in their lifetime, but far less than that will ever develop genital warts. If you are between 9 and 26 and want to reduce your risk of getting HPV, talk to your doctor about the HPV vaccination.
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