With back to school just around the corner, health departments are reminding parents to get their kids vaccinated and updating their records. There is one vaccine, however, that parents are urged to get but are not required to in the state of Utah – the HPV vaccine.
Department of Health Immunization Program Manager Rich Lakin said
Utah is average when talking about vaccine rates. He said the state
is ranked somewhere in the middle for most vaccines, but for HPV, the
state fluctuates between 47 and 50.
HPV vaccination rate in 2017 for 13 to 17-year-olds in the U.S. was
65.5 percent. In Utah, it was 58.8 percent.
suspects the reason for the lower rate is the fact that HPV is a
sexually transmitted disease. And, even though it is an STD, doctors
have suggested parents get their kids vaccinated around 11 years old.
He said it’s licensed for the age due to their strong immune
system. He said it’s not about them being sexually active at that
said it should also be considered since HPV can help prevent both
oral and cervical cancers, genital warts and other types of STDs that
children may be exposed in the future.
said there is a vaccine that can help prevent cancer, which is what
the Huntsman Cancer Institute considers to be a big breakthrough in
cancer prevention. The vaccine has been available since 2006, with
more than 100 million doses being given and little to no side effects
CDC advises women up to 26 and men up to 21 to get the HPV vaccine. A
child under the age of 15 needs two doses while over the age of 15
needs three of them.
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