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HPV Vaccine: Questions for your child’s doctor
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HPV vaccines (shots) can help protect people from serious diseases. HPV (human papillomavirus) is the most common sexually transmitted disease. It can cause:
* Cervical cancer in women
* Genital warts and anal cancer in men and women
Doctors recommend that girls get the HPV shots at age 11 or 12. Boys can also get the vaccine. The HPV vaccine works best when it’s given before a person is sexually active.
Use the following questions to start a conversation with your child’s doctor about the HPV vaccine.
The HPV vaccine is covered for girls under the new Affordable Care Act. Depending on your insurance plan, your daughter may be able to get the vaccine at no cost to you. Talk to your insurance provider.
What do I ask the doctor?
It helps to have questions for the doctor or nurse written down ahead of time. Print this list of questions, and take it to your child’s next appointment.
* My daughter is younger than age 11. Is she too young to get the HPV vaccine?
* My daughter is older than age 12. Is she too old to get the HPV vaccine?
* I have a son. Should he get the HPV vaccine?
* I’m not sure if my child is sexually active. How I do know if the HPV vaccine is the right decision?
* Are there different brands of HPV vaccine? Which brand do you recommend?
* How many HPV shots does my child need?
* How much time does my child need to wait between the shots?
* What are the possible side effects of the HPV vaccine?
* Will my daughter still need to get Pap tests to check for cervical cancer when she’s older?
* What should I tell my child about preventing HPV?
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