Answers to common questions about the HPV vaccine
August 1-7, 2021 marked the third annual California HPV Vaccine Week. It kicked off with “HPV Vaccination: An Open Forum Webinar for Parents and Guardians,” organized by the California HPV Vaccination Roundtable. The roundtable is a coalition of more than 40 organizations dedicated to HPV cancer prevention. As a result, its primary goal is to increase HPV vaccination rates in the state to 80 percent by 2026.
Above all, HPV Vaccine Week is about providing education to encourage parents and adolescents to learn about the benefits of HPV vaccination. The HPV vaccine prevents six types of cancer: cervical, vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal, and oropharyngeal or head and neck cancers. The CDC recommends HPV vaccination at 11-13 years-old, and as early as age nine.
“HPV Vaccination: An Open Forum Webinar for Parents and Guardians” provides answers to common questions about the HPV vaccine. For example, questions such as:
- What is HPV and why do we need a vaccine for it?
- When should my child be vaccinated?
- Is it safe?
- Does vaccination encourage early sex?
- What impact has the HPV vaccine had on HPV-associated cancers?
Pamela Tom, Founder of HPVANDME
Panelists providing answers to common questions about the HPV vaccine:
Melissa Rose, MD- Director of Pediatrics, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center
Pamela Kahn, MPH, BS, RN, NCSN, California School Nurses Organization
Mike West, JD- Head & Neck Cancer Survivor