2. There’s a Vaccine to Reduce Risk
There’s a vaccine to prevent the HPV virus that can lead to cancer. While recommended cervical cancer screening doesn’t begin until 21, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the vaccine can be administered at a much earlier age, it adds.
The source says that all children aged 11 or 12-years should get 2-shots of the HPV vaccine 6 to 12-months apart. If your child has already turned 14 and hasn’t yet received a shot, they will require 3-shots over 6-months, it explains. The vaccine should be given to males and females (starting at the same age), as males can develop potentially serious symptoms as well.