• International HPV Awareness Day

  • International HPV Awareness Day is Wednesday, March 4.

    New York State is working with partners to raise awareness about the HPV (human papillomavirus) infection.

    The HPV infection is very common in the United States and around the world, especially among young adults. Most people will be infected with HPV at some point in their lifetime, putting them at risk for six different types of cancers, including cervical, throat and anal.

    The good news is that there is a highly effective vaccine that protects against the types of HPV that cause cancer and genital warts. The HPV vaccine, which studies have shown is very safe, has been widely used around the world since 2006 with hundreds of millions of doses given.  Side effects from the vaccine are rare.

    Doctors recommend that boys and girls get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12, when they have the strongest immune response. Vaccinating a young adult requires two shots instead of three, giving them the best protection from HPV cancers.

    Make an appointment with your child’s pediatrician. Spread the word about the HPV vaccine.  To learn more go to https://www.cdc.gov/hpv/parents/vaccine.html.