Immunization Schedule, Children (cont.)
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Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines
HPV infection is considered to be the most common sexually transmitted infection (sexually transmitted disease [STD]) in the U.S. There are about 79 million people currently infected with HPV, and there are about 14 million people newly infected each year.
Although HPV infection often does not cause symptoms, it is known that certain members of the HPV family of viruses cause precancerous changes of the cervix as well as cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and penile cancer. HPV is also associated with oral and anal cancer. HPV also causes genital warts in both genders.
There are two vaccines available for HPV protection. Cervarix is licensed only for females and is administered in three injections over a six-month timetable. Gardasil is approved for both male and females and is also administered in three injections over a six-month timetable. It is recommended to avoid using both varieties of vaccine in a single individual. Neither vaccine provides protection against other sexually transmitted infections.
For More Information on Childhood Immunizations
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
American Academy of Pediatrics
Childhood Immunization Schedule
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