Supercharge Your Kid’s Cancer Fighting Power
Are you the parent of an 11- or 12-year-old? It’s #Time2Vax! Make sure your child gets the three vaccines that protect against infections that cause whooping cough, HPV cancers, and meningitis.
We can reduce the risk of our children getting certain cancers later in life by helping them make healthy choices now, including eating a healthy diet, staying away from tobacco, and being physically active. We can also help prevent most HPV cancers with just two shots of the HPV vaccine.
HPV (human papillomavirus) is so common that most people will be exposed at some point in their lives. HPV can cause 6 types of cancer that affect both women and men (including cancers of the head and neck, cervix, vagina, vulva, penis, and anus). By starting HPV vaccination at age 11 or 12, you offer the most HPV cancer prevention for your child. Children are vaccinated before they’re exposed to an HPV infection—just like measles or pneumonia.
Decades of research have proven the HPV vaccines to be safe, effective, and provide lasting protection. The HPV vaccine is given as a series of two shots, and doctors recommend that girls and boys get vaccinated for HPV at age 11 or 12. The series should be completed by age 13.
Summer’s winding down, but cancer prevention is revving up! Make sure to ask for the HPV vaccine at your next appointment.