The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine also recommend the vaccine.
The CDC notes that it’s best for preteens to receive the vaccine before becoming sexually active.
Second, it lowers the incidence of genital warts, which is why it is given to both boys and girls.
A competing vaccine, Cervarix, approved by the FDA in 2009, prevents against the same cervical cancers as Gardasil but not against genital warts so it is useful for girls but not for boys. There are more than 40 types of HPV that can affect the genital areas, mouth and throat of males and females, making HPV the most common sexually transmitted infection in the US today.
In an effort to lower those statistics, the CDC has recommended the Gardasil or Cervarix vaccine for girls ages 9 to 26, and the Gardasil vaccine for boys.
But because the HPV vaccine produces higher levels of antibodies that fight HPV infection in preteens than it does in older teens or young adults, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that the vaccine be administered to children between 11 and 12 years of age.
) that has numerous genotypes causing various human warts (as the common warts of the extremities, plantar warts, and genital warts) including some associated with the production of cervical cancer--called also vaccine?About 79 million Americans are currently infected with the virus, and roughly 14 million people become newly infected each year, says the CDC.While these statistics may seem alarming, most people with HPV never develop symptoms or health problems (9 of 10 HPV infections go away by themselves within 2 years).NVIC encourages you to become fully informed about HPV and the HPV vaccine by reading all sections in the Table of Contents below, which contain many links and resources such as the manufacturer product information inserts, and to speak with one or more trusted health care professionals before making a vaccination decision for yourself or your child.This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice.