HPV Vaccines Is Cancer Prevention
Intermountain Healthcare preventive health experts explain HPV is a common virus that can cause six types of cancer, but can be prevented by vaccination.
Salt Lake City, UT (PRUnderground) August 31st, 2022
HPV or Human Papillomavirus is estimated to cause nearly 36,000 cases of cancer in men and women in the United States every year. HPV vaccinations can prevent more than 32,000 of these cancers from ever developing.
“Vaccinating your child at the recommended ages can help keep them healthy well into adulthood and is the best way to prevent HPV cancers later in life,” said Dr. Tamara Sheffield, medical director for preventive medicine for Intermountain Healthcare.
HPV is a common virus that can cause six types of cancer. While there is no treatment for HPV, there is a vaccine that can prevent it in the first place.
HPV vaccine is one of the vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics for kids between the age of 9 and 12 years old. The HPV vaccine is most effective if it’s administered long before exposure to HPV. More than 120 million doses of the HPV vaccine have been safely administered in the United States alone.
“Pediatricians are more than happy to discuss these and any other immunizations or growth and development questions parents may have at their well child checkup,” said Dr. Sheffield. “The HPV vaccine, like other vaccines recommended for children, can give parents peace of mind and help keep children safe from preventable disease. For these reasons, it’s important that parents have the information they need to make good decisions for their children.”
HPV is among vaccines made available during well child checkups with providers. Well child checkups also include important mental health screenings, developmental assessments, vision and blood pressure screenings, and other guidance critical to a child’s health and growth, Jensen said.
Well child visits also include important immunizations required for school enrollment and are a good time to complete medical forms required for some school activities.
Families are encouraged to contact their child’s health care provider to find out what preventive care is needed.
About Intermountain Healthcare
Headquartered in Utah with locations in eight states and additional operations across the western U.S., Intermountain Healthcare is a nonprofit system of 33 hospitals, 385 clinics, medical groups with some 3,900 employed physicians and advanced care providers, a health plans division called SelectHealth with more than one million members, and other health services. Helping people live the healthiest lives possible, Intermountain is committed to improving community health and is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare by using evidence-based best practices to consistently deliver high-quality outcomes at sustainable costs. For more information and updates, click here