Now that your kids are back in school the American Cancer Society is encouraging you to get them vaccinated for HPV (Human Papillomavirus). It is a sexually transmitted disease that causes six different types of cancers including cervical, head and neck cancer. Spokesman Matt Flory:
“We have a screening for cervical cancers. Pap smears are very good at catching cervical cancers earlier when they are easier to treat. And so we think in combination with 80-90 vaccination and continued screening we could completely eliminate cervical cancer.”
The American Cancer Society recommends kids ages 11 and 12 get the shots, which are an initial shot and then a booster shot. If you wait until your child is 15 or older then they will need to get three shots.