Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The case for Gardasil
As parents and pediatricians we deal with the same concerns as you do for our own families. We all want our children to wait until they are adults to have sex. But the reality is that whether we like it or not, some of our kids will start before then.
The bottom line is no matter when your child becomes sexually active, it may be better to consider having the vaccine done because even if they wait until they are married, their partner could have HPV without knowing it. Some types of the virus do not have any symptoms. Some are low risk. Some are high.
Gardasil does not prevent all types of HPV but it does prevent several. You know what they say about an ounce of prevention……
To find more information on HPV please visit the CDC website at: http://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/2010/hpv.htm