To be most effective, the vaccine is recommended to be given between the ages of nine and 13.
To be most effective, the vaccine is recommended to be given between the ages of nine and 13.(Photo: iStock/Altered by The Quint)
  • 1. What Is The Need for HPV Vaccine?
  • 2. Why Give the Vaccine to Pre-Teens? Why Not Later?
  • 3. Can Sexually Active Women Also Get Vaccinated?
  • 4. Should It Be Part of the Universal Immunisation Programme?
  • 5. Is Cost a Concern?
  • 6. Is Rural Population Affected More Than the Urban?
  • 7. Should Boys Get the Vaccine Too?
Why Your Little Girl Needs Vaccine for Sexually Transmitted HPV

What happens when it’s recommended that 9-year-old girls get vaccinated against a sexually-transmitted virus? We get squeamish.

Doctors are asking for all girls after the age of nine to be given vaccine for HPV (human papillomavirus), which causes cervical cancer. The reason is that kids one day will grow up and have sex and therefore, it’s important to protect them from this harmful virus. There has been some push to include the HPV vaccine as part of the country’s universal immunisation programme.

However, there still are a lot of questions that people have in mind and not everyone is convinced. Why now? Our pre-teens aren’t having sex right now. Can we get the vaccine later in life? Does it have side effects? What is HPV and how harmful is it? Our explainer as we observe Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.

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