Protect your daughter from cervical cancer by getting her the HPV vaccine. It takes 3 shots to complete the series, so make sure she gets them all to be protected.
It's easy to get very busy with school, activities, work, and all of the juggling that parents of preteens and teens do every day. For the sake of your daughter's health, take the time to get her the life-saving HPV vaccine to protect against cervical cancer. Every year in the U.S., about 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 4,000 die. If we protect girls now, we could reduce disease and cancer due to HPV.   About 20 million people, most in their late teens and early 20s, are infected with HPV, the type of virus that causes cervical cancer. That's why it's important to protect preteen and teen girls early through vaccination.

The HPV vaccine is safe and effective and is given in a series of 3 shots over about a six-month period. The second shot is given 1 or 2 months after the first, and the third shot is given 6 months after the first shot. It is very important to complete all of the shots to be fully protected. 35 million doses of HPV vaccine have been safely given to girls across the country.

If your daughter is age 11 years or older, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) recommend you vaccinate now to protect her against cervical cancer.    If your daughter is older than 11 or 12 and has not started these shots, it's not too late.

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Hi Tealeaves - I am from the UK and luckily from 2008 the NHS started a national programme to vaccinate girls... You can find more info on the NHS website here...http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/HPV-vaccination/Pages/Introduction.aspx

This is such a life-changing medical development. Bizarrely enough, in some European countries the HPV vaccine is still not allowed!

Is HPV sexually transmitted disease or not? Enlighten me please. EDITOR's NOTE: YES!

Both my daughters were vaccinated with the HPV vaccine at 11, 12 years old. At the time I was uncomfortable with the idea of another vaccine. But they had no ill effects (besides a temporarily sore arm) and now I am glad they are protected.

Genital HPV (human papilloma virus) is the most common sexually transmitted HPV in Women disease and it's believed that up to 70% of women will have come into contact with HPV by the time they're 60 years old.

This vaccine is such a major step in reducing this type of cancer. Even though there were some initial reports that the vaccine was not entirely safe, later studies have proven otherwise. I don't see why anyone would not get their daughters vaccinated against HVP

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