Gardasil - the HPV Vaccine
 



Dear Parents,

The Gardasil vaccine is now recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for all children and young adults between the ages of 9 and 26 years old. Gardasil is designed to protect against several types of human papilloma virus(HPV). Infection with the human papilloma virus can cause genital warts, anal cancer, oral cancers and cervical cancer. HPV is the most common of all sexually transmitted viral infections. Of the 6.2 million new cases of HPV diagnosed each year, most are among adolescents and young adults. By vaccinating young people before they become sexually active, we have an opportunity to protect young men and women from this cancer-causing virus.

In clinical trials, the Gardasil vaccine was highly effective in preventing genital warts and pre-cancerous genital lesions. Five years after vaccination, protection against HPV was still strong with no signs of waning immunity.

The pediatricians at Dowd Medical Associates believe that this vaccine is an important part of health care for your sons and daughters. While the vaccine is optional, it provides an opportunity to protect the health of young women and men before they are potentially exposed to a dangerous virus. Depending on the age of your child, you may want to include your child in a discussion about healthy decision making and sexually transmitted diseases before having him or her receive the Gardasil vaccine.

Thank you!
Drs. Rashba, Smith, Sachs, Curdo, Corwin, Ganesh and NP Lucy Delaney

 

 
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