MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Doctors with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are urging parents to get the HPV vaccine for their children.
HPV is the primary cause of cervical cancer. It is also responsible for several other cancers including vaginal, head and neck.
Dr. Katherine Knapp with St. Jude says the vaccine can protect 100 percent against types of HPV that can cause cancer.
“It is a very common infection. Almost everyone will be infected with at least one type during their lifetime. Most people don’t know they’ve been infected. Most people will clear infection. But for those who don’t they are at risk for developing cancer,” Knapp said.
The HPV vaccine is recommended for children at age 11 or 12.
Adults up to age 45, who have not received the vaccine can also get it.
It is available at your doctors office or the Shelby County Health Department.