HPV Vaccine Prevents More Than Cervical Cancer
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Back to school for some children means back to the pediatrician to get required vaccinations.
St. Louis University Care pediatrician Dr. Matt Broom says kids 11 years old and older need to get their TDAP vaccine updated for tetnus, diptheria and pertussis, as well as an updated meningacocal vaccine to prevent invasise meningitis, and starting their immunization series against the human papaloma virus or HPV.
“This really is a vaccine preventing against different forms of cancer, and it’s really effective as far as for that,” Broom says of the HPV vaccine. “Initially, it was used preventing against cervical cancer, and that’s still certainly the main push of that, however it can prevent against cancers of the mouth and throat and other sexual organs. It also prevents against genital warts both in males and females.”
Broom says getting your child vaccinated not only keeps them safe, but also children who have medical conditions that prevent them from being vaccinated.
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