- November 26, 2015
- Posted by: emobile
- Category: Health Chat
Question: I have a 15yr old and 12yr old daughters and wish to vaccinate them against HPV for prevention of cervical cancer. My friends however advised me to vaccinate my son as well who is 10yr. Is it right. Also want to know if I can also benefit from this even though I am made to understand that the vaccine is for those who are not sexually exposed
Doctors Response: HPV vaccine was initially designed for sexually unexposed females and include girls in the age group of 8-14yr. However, this has been modified to females in the age of 9-19yrs. Boys can also benefit from the vaccine to prevent genital warts, oesophageal and anal cancer which are also known to be spread by HPV.
Presently, women of older ages are encouraged to receive the vaccine especially those who have not been exposed to HPV and with the believe that these vaccines may help prevent other infections caused by the different strains of HPV since these vaccines are multivalent.