Pretty soon, your kids will be out in the world making their own decisions, but before then you want to protect them as much as you can. You’ve taught them to respect themselves and others and to do the right thing. You feed them a healthy diet and try to keep them well with regular visits to the pediatrician.
If they have not been vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV), consider these facts:
- HPV will infect between 75% and 80% of both males and females in their lifetimes.
- Most will clear the virus but there is no way to predict who will stay infected.
- HPV causes cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers as well as genital warts.
The HPV vaccine is given to boys and girls in 3 doses over 6 months. Speak with your child’s pediatrician for more detailed information. If your teenage girl is ready for her first gynecological exam, make an appointment with Dr. Amy Siegel who treats women of all ages with care and compassion.