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Understanding HPV and the Importance of Vaccination

HPV Vaccine

With thanks to Samitivej Hospital, Bangkok

There is much debate over the HPV vaccination for our young pre-teens and with any vaccination it’s a choice BUT this really is worth considering and ideally (sorry parents its looming) before your kids reach their sexually active stage as it gives a more effective, and greater period of cover.

The Human Papillomavirus or (HPV) is a common factor behind the onset of several forms of cancer, such as cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, vulvar cancer, anal cancer, Genital wards and oropharyngeal cancer.

Why is HPV Vaccination Important for Children?

Samitivej Hospital strongly recommends HPV vaccination for children aged 9 to 14 years old. Here’s why:

  • Prevention is Key: The HPV vaccine is most effective when given before exposure to the virus. Vaccinating children before they become sexually active offers the best protection against HPV-related cancers.
  • Protects Against Cancers: Certain HPV strains are linked to various cancers, including cervical cancer in women, and some head and neck cancers in both men and women. Vaccination significantly reduces the risk of developing these cancers later in life.
  • Safe and Effective: The HPV vaccine has been rigorously tested and proven to be safe and effective. It has been recommended by leading health organizations worldwide, including the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Long-Term Benefits: Vaccination provides long-lasting protection against HPV infection. Studies suggest protection can last for at least 10 years, potentially even a lifetime.

HPV Vaccination

The HPV 9 vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect your child from HPV-related cancers. By prioritizing vaccination during childhood, you’re investing in their long-term health and well-being.

HPV 9 Vaccine Schedule:

  • Children Aged 9-14: Two doses of the HPV 9 vaccine are administered with a 6-12 month interval between them.
  • Adults Aged 15 and Older: Three doses are required, with the second dose 1-2 months after the first, and the third dose 4 months following the second.

Which Diseases Does the HPV 9 Vaccine Prevent?

The HPV 9 Vaccine can prevent HPV 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58. Specifically, the HPV vaccine, also known as the cervical cancer vaccine, offers protection against the two primary strains of HPV virus—strains 16 and 18—that are responsible for 70% of cervical cancer cases. Getting vaccinated before potential exposure to these strains is considered the optimal timing for preventing cervical cancer. Additionally, it can prevent cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, vulvar cancer, anal cancer, genital warts and oropharyngeal cancer. This vaccine has been shown to reduce the likelihood of cervical cancer by up to over 90%

Taking Charge of Your Child’s Health

At Samitivej Hospital, we prioritize preventive healthcare for children. HPV vaccination is a crucial step in safeguarding your child’s future health. Our experienced pediatricians can answer your questions, address any concerns, and determine if HPV vaccination is right for your child.

Samitivej hospital HPV flyer

Schedule HPV vaccination at Samitivej Hospital and consult with our specialist, Dr. Passorn Punyahotra, an expert in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, about HPV vaccination to ensure your child’s long-term well-being.

Additional link :

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