Women’s Care is able to provide those under the age of 45 with the HPV vaccine (Gardasil) at our locations across the state.
Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, is a common virus that research has directly linked to six different kinds of cancer. Almost all cervical cancer is caused by HPV. Currently, it is believed that up to 80 million people may suffer from a version of HPV. Gardasil is currently the only way to protect children from the virus - there is currently no cure if contracted. By immunizing between the ages of 9 and twelve, they will be shielded well into adulthood. The US now recommends the vaccine for anyone under the age of 26, and deems it safe for people up to the age of 45.
The following cancers and sexually transmitted infection have been shown to have a direct correlation with contracting HPV:
Currently, Gardasil is the only vaccine that may help guard you against diseases caused by HPV Types 16 and 18, which cause 70% of cervical cancer cases, and HPV Types 6 and 11, which cause 90% of genital warts cases. Gardasil vaccinations are administered over the course of six months and three separate visits. Full protection requires follow up injections two months after the first injection, and then four months later for the third. Children between 9 and 14 will likely be given a set of two dosages instead.