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A 41-year-old member asked:

should children have an hpv vaccination before they enroll in school?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: Yes, if they are of age - meaning anywhere from 9-26 years old, i would highly recommend getting this vaccine. Its highly efficacious but only works if you get the vaccine prior to getting infected. Get the shot well before you "need" it for the best protection!
Dr. Syed Masood
Dr. Syed Masood commented
Specializes in Pediatrics
It is recommended for both boys and girls.
Nov 19, 2011
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Age dependent: Children should have the hpv vaccine before they are at risk for needing it, any time after 9 years of age. Unfortunately, many parents do not know when their children are considering sex. Even more unfortunately, many children are sexually abused, which puts them at risk. Protecting your children against this virus that causes cancer is important!
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
No it is given 9year: No it is supposed to e given from 9 years to 26 in women and 9 years to 15 in boys
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Which grade U mean: Although this would likely work well if given to 5 & 6 it was never designed to be given at school entry. The data gathered to get the vaccine through the FDA approval process took years & included patients 9-26 which became the approved ages.Adding the earlier years to the FDA data would have added extra cost & delays to approval. Starting it before any sexual contact make sense.

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What's your opinion on the HPV vaccination for children entering the seventh grade being mandatory?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Not mandatory: I am not a fan of making this shot a mandatory vaccine, and favor keeping it as a strongly recommended vaccine for all children. This is mainly because its a virus spread through a voluntary action (sexual contact) that affects mainly teens and adults through a consented behavior and not passed to innocent and brief contacts.

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