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You’ve probably heard it once, and you’ll hear it again and again. Researchers continue to study the benefits of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and how it can help protect children against cancer.
Eighty percent of people will get an HPV infection in their lifetime. While most HPV infections will go away on their own, infections that don’t go away can cause certain cancers in men and women. HPV vaccination can prevent most of these cancers from ever developing.
Unfortunately, there are many myths and misconceptions about the HPV vaccine and it can be difficult to stay up-to-date on the latest research. Here are some of the things you need to know about the vaccine in order to protect your children:
Note: HPV infections can cause six types of cancer, but doctors only routinely screen for cervical cancer. The other five types may not be detected until they cause health problems.
The truth of the matter is this: the HPV vaccine can help protect children and save lives. If you’re still concerned about whether the vaccination is right for your child, talk to your physician. Your physician can help you decide what is right for you and your family.
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