The large decrease in HPV vaccination rates during the pandemic serves as a reminder of the critical role physicians have in leading the conversations around HPV prevention and the importance of early vaccination
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that the HPV vaccine be given to girls and boys between ages 11 and 12. It can be given as early as 9 years old.
In the following video Dr. Rebekah Fenton discusses the benefits of immunizing earlier:
- The vaccine is more effective if given sooner. This is partly because preteens produce more antibodies after HPV vaccination than older adolescents do. The vaccine just works better with their immune system.
- Giving the vaccine earlier also means they can be protected well before they are exposed to the virus.
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