The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention decided that preteens should have two shots of HPV Vaccine instead of three. The decision was made after the government proposed it this week. According to the health officials, it will be easier for the parents to protect their children against cervical cancer.
The new rule will apply for children who are between 11 and 14 years old. Those who are older than 15 years old should get the three doses of HPV vaccine. The officials gave the new advice after recent studies. It seems that, for preteens, only two doses have the same effect as three shots could have. This is why the health officials are trying to not abuse the vaccine and give every teen the dose he/she needs. For those who will get only two shots, the second one has to be at least six months after the first.
The authorities hope this will make more teens get the HPV vaccine. Even if it was proved that the vaccine is effective, not many people got it. This shot is not protecting people just from cervical cancer. There are more than 150 diseases related to this virus. Most of the times they are transmitted due to sexual activity. Not all the people know they are infected because sometimes the virus is treated by our body. Unfortunately, not all the people are lucky. The HPV virus can lead to cancer.
There are thousands of people affected by the HPV virus in the United States. It is better for the preteens to get the vaccine before they are sexually active. It was proved that the vaccine is better for those who have not had sex. However, it does not matter if you had sex or not, the health officials are recommending every teen to get the HPV vaccine.
It can be difficult for a parent to get his child to the doctor three times in a year. Moreover, most of them are not aware of the danger. They think that nothing wrong could happen to them.
The authorities are trying to find new ways to make more people to get the HPV vaccine. There were thousands of people who died due to cervical cancer because they discovered it too late. You should protect your child as soon as you can.
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