HPV Vaccine: Know The Facts

What if you could vaccinate yourself or your child from cancer? You’d probably do it.

Well, there is a vaccine that will protect you and your child against a specific set of cancers, and that is the HPV Vaccine. HPV, or the human papillomavirus, is a common virus spread through intimate skin-to-skin contact. This virus is so common that most every man and woman will acquire it in his or her lifetime.

Nearly 80 million people are currently infected in the United States.


From The National Cancer Institute

In most cases, HPV resolves without causing any health problems. However, every year HPV causes 30,700 cancers in men and women. HPV cancers include cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, or anus. HPV infection can also cause cancer in the back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils.

HPV vaccination can prevent most of these cancers (about 28,000) from occurring.

Now that you know about the vaccine, what are you waiting for?

“I heard it’s not safe!”

The HPV vaccine, like any other drug or vaccination proposed for use, has been thoroughly tested and vetted through trials at the US FDA. It is SAFE.

As with any medication or vaccination, possible side effects can occur, like pain, redness, or swelling in the arm where the shot was given; dizziness, fainting, nausea, and headache. HPV vaccination is typically not associated with any serious side effects. The benefits of HPV vaccination far outweigh any potential risk of side effects.

Need more information on safety? See the CDC’s safety sheet here. For more information, see this blog post about financial assistance. For specific HPV vaccine information, click here. Call Northland Family Planning to schedule an appointment for you vaccination.