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Sep 5, 2019

Topic - HPV vaccine is now for the older generation

We’ve seen the terrifying increase in oral cancers in men due to the human papilloma virus, or HPV.  It was great news in 2006 when the Gardasil vaccine for teens was released.  But now that men and women are being diagnosed with rectal, oral and cervical cancers, the FDA has approved Gardasil 9 for the age group between 27 and 45.  The FDA is strongly recommending that people in this age group talk with their doctors about getting the series of 3 shots that will protect them against 9 types of HPV.  Still, the best time to get the Gardasil shot is before kids turn 13 or become sexually active.  The FDA is looking into the effectiveness of the vaccine for those older than 45 because of the rise of sexually-transmitted diseases in that population.  Get the vaccine.  Control the controllable.