At Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC, the experienced team of women’s health experts provides comprehensive obstetric and gynecological care to their patients. They offer the HPV vaccine in an attempt to prevent the spread of the human papillomavirus, which may lead to certain kinds of cancer. To learn more about the HPV vaccine, call their offices in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn, and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City or book an appointment online today.
HPV stands for human papillomavirus. It is a sexually transmitted disease that is passed from person to person through skin contact. HPV has over 100 variations, with almost 40 of them producing genital warts or lesions.
HPV is passed easily between men and women alike. Sexual intercourse does not have to occur for the virus to be passed from one person to another. Because only skin contact is needed, oral sex and kissing can also spread the virus. Newborns may also pick up the virus as they are passing through the mother's birth canal.
The HPV vaccine is designed to help reduce a person's risk of contracting the virus and passing it to others through sexual contact.
The HPV vaccine is given in two to three doses. The first dose should be given just short of the patient's 15th birthday, with the second dose being given between six months to one year later. Adolescents who receive the vaccination after their 15th .birthday will need to get a third dose approximately six months after the previous one. Both boys and girls can receive the vaccine.
The CDC recommends giving the vaccination as early as age 11 or 12, but other sources recommend ages 14 to 15. Adults ages 27 through 45 can also get the vaccine, but your provider at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC will likely discuss whether an HPV vaccine is needed. The HPV vaccine tends to provide less benefit for people in this age range because it’s possible they have already been exposed to the virus.
If you are pregnant, your provider will likely recommend delaying the HPV vaccine until after your pregnancy.
The HPV vaccine has the same basic side effects as other types of injectable immunizations. The injection site is often very tender to the touch for the first few hours. It may be red or slightly inflamed, and warm to the touch. Some patients report having a low-grade fever for the first few hours after the infection.
Any symptoms that last longer than a few hours should immediately be reported to your provider at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC, so they can note the reactions in the chart for future reference. Patients will be closely monitored if the reactions start to become severe.