A Report On The Hpv Vaccine

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Kelsey Hearing Mrs. Simmons English 3H: 01 14 December 2015 Rough Draft/ HPV Shots, Shots, Shots Errybody Each year in the United States, about six million cases of the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection are diagnosed, and three-fourths of those cases are detected in young men and women between the ages fifteen to twenty-five (Ballaro). Luckily, this epidemic can easily be prevented by receiving an HPV vaccine. Despite the claim that the HPV vaccine was created just for profit, the HPV vaccine is an essential vaccine for preadolescent, adolescent, and young adults to receive in order to prevent HPV and the variety of cancers that it is known to cause. HPV is an infection that approximately twenty million Americans have, making it the…show more content…
This vaccine was considered a break through due to the fact it was the first vaccine developed to fight against cancer. The HPV vaccine, commonly called Gardasil, only endured six months of testing before being approved. Typically, vaccines go through several years of evaluation before it is made available to the public. The research found that the vaccine is nearly 100% effective at its job; however, it only works when given prior to exposure to the illness (Ballaro). For this reason, it is recommended that people should receive the vaccine at age eleven or twelve. Originally, the vaccine was only available for women between the ages of eleven and twenty-six (Ballaro). This was most likely due to the fact that women are more susceptible to develop cancers from an HPV infection. In 2014, the vaccine was approved to be given to men between the ages of eleven and twenty-one (Frey). Men up to age twenty-six can receive the vaccine if their immune system is compromised or if they have had sex with another man as gay and bisexual men are 17 times more likely to develop a cancer from HPV than straight men. (Frey; McGill). The vaccine is given in three shots and all are essential to receive total protection. Another type of vaccine, Cervarix, was created in 2009 to prevent HPV types 16 and 18. Cervarix does not protect from genital wart like Gardasil does and it is only available for women (Frey). Both vaccines can save
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