Preventing Cancer With Vaccines: What Parents Should Know
During National Immunization Awareness Month in August, RediClinic encourages all parents and caregivers to understand the importance of vaccinations and make sure children are up-to-date on the vaccines required for school attendance. In addition, vaccines protect people of all ages, so take the time to make sure everyone in your family has received all the immunizations they need.
Cancer-Preventive Vaccines for Your Family
Vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases by protecting the body against infection. In some cases, vaccines even stop cancer by preventing infections that cause or contribute to the development of cancer. Here are two vaccines that have been proven to help prevent cancer.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
For women, infection with the human papillomavirus can lead to the development of cervical cancer, as well as cancer of the vagina and vulva. In men, HPV infection may lead to cancer of the penis. Cancer of the anus, mouth and throat can develop in both sexes from infection with HPV. HPV vaccine stops the human papillomavirus, but only if given prior to exposure. This is why the vaccine is generally recommended for girls and boys ages 11 to 12, because most preteens have not become sexually active at this age.
Hepatitis B Vaccine (HBV)
Chronic infection with Hepatitis B virus can lead to liver cancer. Chronic disease is highly likely to develop in infants who acquire Hepatitis B. This is why all children should receive their first dose of Hepatitis B vaccine at birth and complete the vaccine series by age 6-18 months. Children and teens who did not receive the HBV vaccine previously should also be immunized. In addition, recent research has proven that Hepatitis B vaccine reduces the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in teens. In some cases, a dose of Hepatitis B vaccine for adults is recommended; consult your clinician for details.
Learn more about immunizations and protect yourself and your loved ones by visiting a RediClinic near you. We offer a full range of required and recommended immunizations for patients age 18 months and older.