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She was the embodiment of well-heeled, this older woman in polished Ferragamo pumps, strolling through the historic Professorville neighborhood with her dapper, white-haired husband in tow. Her house was looking pretty fine too, as workers laid a new flagstone walk in front of the white-columned bungalow on this shady street of mullioned windows and fish-scaled shingles, quiet voices and quieter money. But wait. If she looked good and her husband looked good and her house looked good, why was she so worried? Rounding the corner at Addison Avenue and Bryant Street, she strode right up to two women with note p gesturing at the graceful homes.
You have probably seen the commercials advertising the HPV vaccine and stating its importance for protection against cervical cancer. But, how much does it really help?
Who needs the vaccine? And, when should the vaccine be administered?
First and foremost it is important to understand the concern over cervical cancer and why the HPV vaccine has been such a hot topic of conversation. More than 30 of these viruses can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact. However, some types can cause cervical cancer or abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix that can sometimes progress to cancer.
Other types are a major cause of genital warts. For women who do develop cervical cancer, HPV is generally the root cause. Init is estimated that there will be 9, new cases of cervical cancer and 3, deaths attributed to it in the United States. Worldwide, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women; and it is estimated to cause overnew cases anddeaths per year… HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States.
While the cervical cancer vaccine would seem to be only for girls, it is actually recommended for both boys and girls between the ages of 9 — 12 but if that window has been missed the CDC does recommend that girls and women through the age of 26 receive the vaccination and boys and men through the age of 21 receive the vaccination. The vaccine is administered as a series of three injections over a course of 6 months.
But, a vaccine is only worth it if it truly makes a difference. More will be known about the total duration of protection as research continues. The data so far show duration of production for up to 6.
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