HPV Vaccine Available at the Rock County Health Department

Posted Friday, July 13, 2012 --- 2:40 p.m.

From the Rock County Health Department:

Rock County Health Department announces the availability of Gardasil, the vaccine for genital human papillomavirus, or HPV.

Residents can get the vaccine by appointment at Rock County Health Department, Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Appointments can be made by calling 757-5440 or 364-2010. The HPV vaccine is also provided at immunization clinics throughout the community. The clinic schedule is available on the Health Department website at www.co.rock.wi.us/health.

The HPV vaccine is a routine vaccination for boys and girls ages 11 and 12 years old, but is also recommended by the Health Department for those who might be older. “Due to the effectiveness of the vaccine in preventing the spread of HPV and many types of cervical cancer, Rock County Health Department recommends this vaccine for all males and females, ages 9 to 26 years old,” states Janet Zoellner, Nursing Director with the department.

Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females, as well as the mouth and throat. Most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it. In some cases, HPV infection may cause genital warts and cervical cancer. There is no way to know which people who get HPV will go on to develop cancer or other health problems.

Vaccination is the best protection against HPV. Gardasil is the only HPV vaccine that helps protect against four (4) types of the infection, and two (2) types of HPV that cause 75% of cervical cancer and genital warts cases. It also helps protect boys and young men ages 9 to 26 against 90% of genital warts cases. The vaccine is given as three (3) injections over six (6) months.

For information on the cost of the HPV vaccine, please contact the Rock County Health Department at 757-5440 or 364-2010.

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