Some things you should know about the HPV vaccine
Published: Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 2:03 a.m.
Each year, about 6.2 million people in the United States contact the human papilloma virus. HPV is passed from person to person during sex, and estimates are that one in every two sexually active people will contract the virus at some point in their lives.
Two strains of the virus, Types 16 and 18, cause approximately 70 percent of the cases of cervical cancer, while Types 6 and 11 cause nearly 90 percent of the cases of genital warts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The vaccine called Gardasil appears to protect against nearly all HPV infections from those four strains in those who haven't already been exposed to the virus.
Here's a primer on HPV and Gardasil:
Through the health department, the cost of the vaccine is $170 per dose. Three doses are required.
For more information, contact your county health department.
Despite the cost, Belcuore urges parents to consider Gardasil.
"This is an opportunity to reduce one of the leading causes of cancer in women," Belcuore said.
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