HPV Vaccine Information
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus spread through sexual contact. HPV is so common; almost everyone will be infected with the virus at some point in their lives. HPV can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms.
In most cases, HPV goes away on its own and people infected with the virus never knew they had it. However, when HPV does not go away, it can cause health problems such as genital warts and cancer. Cancer often takes years to develop after a person is infected with HPV. The best way to prevent the most common types of HPV is to receive the 3-dose series of HPV vaccine. HPV vaccine is CANCER PREVENTION!
Bethany Kintigh RN, BSN
Immunization Program Manager
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Every year, human papillomavirus (HPV) causes approximately 31,500 cancers in the United States which includes an estimated 262 Iowans. In fact, HPV-related cancers kill more people every year than polio, measles, tetanus, and chickenpox combined before vaccines for these diseases were developed. The good news is over 80 percent of these cancers can be prevented with the HPV vaccine. Vaccinating adolescents now with HPV vaccine will provide protection throughout their lives. The Iowa Department of Public Health, Immunization Program created a series of videos showing the impact of HPV-associated cancer on Iowans. Their stories put faces to HPV-associated cancers, while their struggles reinforce the importance of prevention. Survivors share a common theme of never wanting another person to experience what they have gone through and their struggles emphasize the importance of receiving HPV vaccine. Hear the stories of four Iowa HPV cancer survivors whose lives were changed forever. HPV vaccine is the Key to Cancer Prevention.
HPV and HPV Vaccine Resources
Iowa Chapter AAP
Immunization Action Coalition
Voices for Vaccine
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia-Vaccine Education Center
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
National Cancer Institute