Should your child get the HPV vaccine?

Controversy surrounds the Human Pappiloma Virus vaccine, but the shot could prevent cancer later in life.

Posted: Jul. 20, 2018 9:37 AM

(WOWT) It's a decision every parent of a middle school student must make: whether to allow their child to get the HPV vaccine.

"HPV is Human Pappiloma Virus. It's a virus that approximately four out of five Americans get sometime during their lifetime," says Dr. Todd Eberle.

The vaccine is optional, and to some it's controversial. It's often misunderstood.

"The hardest part with parents is definitely bringing up that it's a sexually transmitted infection. We're talking to parents of nine, 10, and 12 year-olds," Dr. Eberle says.

Right now, only 50 percent of pre-teen girls get the HPV vaccine. When it comes to boys, it's 30 percent.

Dr. Todd Eberle says it's worth considering given how many people get the virus. Currently, 80 million American have the virus.

"Eighty-percent of Americans will get it," Dr. Eberle said.

"It's much easier to protect people before than after the fact. Protect them now while you've got a good chance. When they're off in college, they're out of your house and you can't protect them anymore,"

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