HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus and is associated with dangerous illnesses, predominantly in women; such as genital warts and cancers such as cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, vulvar cancer, oral cancer and anal cancer. Vaccines against this virus help in protecting you against infection and hence, reduce risks of these diseases up to a large extent. HPV vaccine is available for adults and should be taken without negligence. It has been observed that HPV does not usually strike women who do not have multiple sexual partners. The risk of infection is higher in people who have multiple partners. Doctors recommend this vaccination in any case as an added protection. HPV is majorly transmitted through sexual contact.
Articles in Category: Know Your Vaccines
Parents tend to follow their infant’s immunization schedule religiously; but often forget to follow up with their medical consultants if the same child needs immunization during the preteen and teenage years.
Vaccines are necessary in later years too. As the child grows older, the protection offered by childhood vaccines begins to wear and hence boosters are required for the same. Preteens and teens are also at higher risk for some infections, as they live in close contact with others in classrooms and dormitories and thus the need vaccination.
The process of immunization is an ongoing one and does not just end with your vaccination during childhood. There are several adult vaccines available. Read on to know more about them, the diseases they prevent and who needs to get them.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccinations from birth through adulthood to provide a lifetime of immunity; and you thought vaccines were just for kids! Not getting vaccinated at the right age may leave you very vulnerable to illness, suffering and even death.
Here's a list of vaccinations recommended specifically for adults: