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CHEW on this: Hump Day gets vaccinated


Lately, there has been some misinformation spreading about the HPV vaccine. So let's clear some of it.  This vaccine prevents serious health risks, including cervical cancer and other cancers, as well as the spread of genital warts caused by HPV infection.  Sounds like some good stuff to guard against right? 

The HPV vaccine is given in 3 doses.  There are two types of HPV vaccines available which are Gardasil (remember all of those "one less" commercials) and Cervarix.  Both protect against cervical cancer in women, but only Gardasil can be administered to both women and men to prevent the spread of HPV and certain cancers in both genders.  Women and men ages 9-26 can be immunized with Gardasil.  Women ages 9-26 can be immunized with Gardasil or Cervarix.

It's true that vaccines aren't fun to get, and every vaccine comes with at least some risk. Studies have shown the risks for the HPV vaccine are relatively minor, including, possible side effects of soreness, slight fever, dizziness, and possible fainting (which is common for teenagers who receive vaccinations). It is important to take precautions, like planning extra time if needed for resting after the shot is given and talking to the doctor ahead of time about any concerns.

Consider the research, talk to a doctor, and come to your own conclusions.

More information can be found here: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/hpv/vac-faqs.htm