The Benefits of HPV Vaccination

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All families should get their children vaccinated against the most common STD in America, the Human papilloma virus (HPV). As health care professionals it is essential to educate parents and adolescents about the HPV virus which can cause genital warts along with many varieties of cancers including cervical, penile and throat cancer. The vaccine will guard against four strains of the virus. Two of these strains are known to cause 70% of cervical cancer cases and the other two cause 90% of genital warts (Kara Newby, 2009). Another reason to receive the HPV vaccine is to promote sexual and reproductive health education. Two of the biggest arguments against the HPV vaccine are the high cost and that some parents feel it will make their teenagers feel invisible and may engage in more risky sexual behaviors if vaccinated.
A parent who chooses to have their child vaccinated to prevent HPV has the opportunity to prevent their child from getting a variety of cancers. Children and adolescents who receive this vaccination before sexual activity begins have a chance to prevent cervical cance...
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