What is the recommended vaccine?

The Centers for Disease Control recommends 11 to 12 year olds get two doses of HPV vaccine to protect against cancers caused by HPV. The second dose should be given 6-12 months after the first dose.

What is HPV?

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection) … it’s so common that nearly all sexually active people get it at some point in their lives. There are many types of HPV, including some that can cause genital warts and cancers.

How is HPV spread?

You can get HPV by having sex with someone who has the virus. HPV can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms.

Does HPV cause health problems?

In most cases, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause any health problems. But when HPV does not go away, it can cause health problems like genital warts and cancer.

Does HPV cause cancer?

HPV can cause cervical and other cancers. Cancer often takes years, even decades, to develop after a person gets HPV. There is no way to know which people who have HPV will develop cancer or other health problems.

Where can my child be vaccinated?

Don’t put it off…it’s your child’s health and future well-being we’re talking about. Make an appointment today with the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics. Listen to our radio commercial to learn more about our vaccination services. Simply click on the triangular button to get started. 

 

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