May 18, 2022
All parents know that vaccines are essential to provide immunity to our children before they are exposed to different types of diseases that can put their health at risk and even become fatal. Dr. Jessica Alvarez, a pediatrician at our clinic, tells us about the importance of vaccinating our little ones against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
What type of protection does the Human Papillomavirus vaccine provide?
The HPV vaccine targets HPV types that commonly cause cervical cancer and can cause some cancers of the vulva, vagina, anus, and oropharynx. It also protects against the types of HPV that cause most genital warts.
Is the HPV vaccine only for girls?
No. Both girls and boys should be vaccinated against the Human Papillomavirus starting at 9 years of age. This vaccine also reduces the risk of developing HPV-associated cancers in men (anus, penis, and oropharynx).
How effective is the HPV vaccine?
Studies show that the level of protection of this vaccine against HPV infection and cervical cancer is very high. Its efficiency reaches 98.2%.
How many doses are required for children to be protected?
If the patient is under 15 years of age (9-15 years), 2 doses are required, which must be placed 6 months apart. If you are older than 15 years, it will be 3 doses of the vaccine.
What side effects does the vaccine have?
These are generally mild effects: discomfort or pain at the injection site and, less frequently, fever.
Are all HPV vaccines the same?
No. There are two types of vaccines: the tetravalent one that protects against 4 serotypes of HPV, and the 9-valent one that provides greater protection by covering 9 serotypes of the virus.
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is included in the national vaccination schedule, and is free for girls between 9 and 13 years of age. However, it should be reiterated that men should also be vaccinated.