Obstetrics & Gynecology: Vaccines

Gardasil

  • The HPV vaccine Gardasil protects against the two most common types of HPV  (human papillomavirus)  that cause cervical cancer. Gardasil also protects against the two most common types of HPV that cause genital warts. There are other types of HPV that cause cervical cancer and genital warts, but these four types are some of the most common.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and many other expert groups recommend the HPV vaccine for boys and girls starting at age 9. It's also recommended for those up to 26 years old who didn't get the vaccine when they were younger.
  • The vaccine is given in a series of three shots over 6 months. For it to work best, all three shots must be given.
  • The best time for your child to get the vaccine is before he or she becomes sexually active. This is because the vaccine works best before there is any chance of infection with HPV. When the vaccine is given at this time, it can prevent almost all infection by the types of HPV the vaccine guards against.

Tdap -Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Whooping cough) 

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) now advises pregnant women to get a booster shot of the vaccine in their late second or third trimester. For more information follow this link and speak to your OB/GYN. Tdap

Related article: Whooping Cough Vaccine

Call the office today to talk to your provider about these important vaccinations:

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Springfield: (413) 733-4101
Westfield: (413) 533-2900
Wilbraham: (413) 598-7740

 

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