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November 01, 2007

Investigate HPV vaccine

As an advanced practice nurse working in different clinics, I have seen too many cases of HPV. Young women are being exposed to this virus frequently.

HPV stands for human papillomavirus, and there are more than 100 strains of the virus, 30 of which can cause cervical cancer or genital warts.

Because this is a virus, it can never be cured, so once infected, always infected.

The virus is spread through sexual contact, and the majority of times the infected partner may never know of the infection that he or she is spreading.

A new vaccine, Gardasil, produced by Merck, can prevent infection of at least four strains of the virus that are associated with cervical cancer and genital warts.

At present, there are no laws in place to enforce this vaccination. This is a time when all parents and females should consider the health risks from this virus.

Of course, encouraging abstinence from sexual activity is important, but at the same time, utilizing a vaccine to guard your or your child’s health is vitally important, too.

Please consider this new vaccine, and ask your health-care provider for more information.

Melissa Smith



Pharmacists at the Medicine Shoppe recommended that girls between 11 and 12 years of age receive the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. It’s given as a series of three shots over the course of six months. Also, it’s highly recommended for girls between 13 and 18 years old if they have not yet been vaccinated. Head to your local pharmacy for added advice. Here’s a pharmacy locator for The Medicine Shoppe: http://www.medicineshoppe.com/PharmacyLocator.aspx.


And they said we'd only get warts on our hands!

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