The Vaccine Center offers every vaccine available in the United States including Human Papillomavirus Virus (HPV) vaccine. We offer a wide array of employee health, student health, travel health, and laboratory services to individuals, schools, corporations, and other health care organizations.
What is it?
Human Papillomavirus Virus (HPV) is a virus that is passed on through direct person-to-person contact with an infected person, typically through sexual contact. It is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States with a suspected 6.2 million individuals infected each year. More than half of all sexually active individuals are infected with HPV at some point in their life. Most types of HPV cause warts on the skin (including the genitals), and certain types can cause cervical cancer including the two most common types of cervical cancers. HPV infection is also associated with other types of cancers such as anogenital, vulva, vagina, penis, and anus. Studies support that there may be a link between HPV and some types of oral and pharyngeal cancers as well. Once infected, an individual may clear the infection spontaneously, but a small portion of the population will develop a persistent infection.
Symptoms of HPV infection include anal or genital warts, reoccurring growths in the throat that can obstruct breathing, and certain types of cancers. Most individuals with HPV infection do not show any symptoms but can pass on the disease.
It is estimated that 20 million people are currently infected with HPV and that 6.2 million new cases occur each year in the United States. The age group between 15-24 years of age make up about 75% of new infections and up to 64% of adolescent girls are believed to be infected.
HPV vaccine is recommended for children between the ages of 11 and 12, but may be given as early as nine years old. It is recommended that this age group receive the HPV vaccine because the response to the vaccine is better in this age group. It is also important for children to receive HPV vaccine before sexual contact takes place.
Others may also choose to receive HPV vaccination including:
- Any individual who has not received the vaccine as is between the ages of 13-21 (men) and 13-26 (women).
- Men through age 26 who are immunocompromised or who have sex with other men.
- Other individuals may receive this vaccine if it is recommended by their doctor.
The Vaccine Center and Travel Medicine Clinic has ALL the recommended and/or required vaccines needed for your travel.
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis A/B (Twinrix)
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Meningococcal (MenB)
- TD/Tdap (Tetanus)
- Typhoid IM
- Typhoid Pills
- Yellow Fever
- Gardasil (HPV)