The HPV vaccine can prevent some cancers

79 million Americans currently have the human papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV. It is a virus transmitted through skin-to-skin contact and can cause cancers of the mouth, throat, cervix, and genitals.

“The HPV vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent infection and cancer through adulthood.” Says ARC Pediatrician Dr. Sapna Shah. “Like many vaccines, the goal is to protect children before they are exposed to it. To keep kids healthy, the HPV vaccine starts at age 11 to 12.”

Talk to your child’s pediatrician to learn more about the HPV vaccine.

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