Many parents chose not to vaccinate their kids because of various beliefs and cultural differences. However, doctors urge them to reconsider one particular vaccine. A vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV). Every year thousands of people get affected by this virus, either in the form of genital warts or several types of cancers.
Dr. Toni Pennington, a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, urges patients to reconsider this vaccine for young boys and girls before they become sexually active. Usually, recommended for vaccinations between ages eleven and twelve when three doses can are given within six months. But CDC does not limit that and advises vaccinations for males or females up to age 26 to help prevent them from the possible infection or cancer.
While there are 40 types of HPV out there, it should be stated the virus can spread easily by a direct skin-to-skin contact during sexual activity. The virus is might not visible and people might not even know they are infected. In some cases it goes away on its own, if discovered as genital warts the infection can cause significant emotional stress and discomfort. The vaccine prevents not only the infection but also estimated 21,000 HPV-related cancers every year.