What Are the Benefits of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine?

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There are many benefits to the HPV vaccine. This is something that I talk about with my teens, adolescents and young adults almost every day in the office. Remember that HPV is a virus, and the virus can cause many different types of medical conditions but some of the most common are cervical cancer and genital warts.

Again there are other types of cancers that can be caused by this virus as well however. Now there are many different strains of this virus, but we now have two vaccines on the market that help prevent against the two most common strains that cause cervical cancer, and the two most common strains that cause genital warts as well.

So in essence by getting the quadrivalent vaccine that's the vaccine that covers four different strains of the HPV virus you can actually get coverage from the types of HPV that most commonly cause cervical cancer and also the two types of the HPV virus that cause a genital warts. This is in essence of vaccine against cancer, and an STD which I think is actually very important.

It's also important to remember that most children, adolescents and young adults can receive this vaccine starting at nine years old going up to about 26 years old, people often ask me about the side effects and I can tell you that one of the most common side effects is what we call local reactions meaning at the side of injection perhaps in your arm you might get some redness or some swelling and maybe some pain.

Typically it's self limited meaning it lasts for a short period of time, of course if you have any complications you really should speak with your doctor, but is this vaccine a great way to protect young people against cervical cancer and possibly genital warts as well? Absolutely and you should speak with your doctor about this.