VNA of Southeast Michigan offers individual
immunizations at its Oak Park office or on-site immunization clinics
for your school or community organization. To schedule a clinic:
off a form and fax it back to us or
||call (800) 882-5720, ext. 8755
HPV is the most common
sexually-transmitted infection in the United States. For most
women, the body's own defense system will clear the virus, and
infected women may not develop related-health problems. However,
some HPV types can cause abnormal cells on the lining of the cervix
that, years later, can turn into cancer. HPV can also cause genital
warts. Additionally, both men and women who have HPV may not show
any signs or symptoms and can pass the virus on without even knowing
The HPV Vaccine
Gardasil®, manufactured by Merck, is the first vaccine developed
to prevent cervical cancer, pre cancerous genital lesions and
genital warts due to HPV. Clinical trials have shown that the
vaccine is highly effective against four types of the HPV virus,
including two that cause about 70 percent of cervical cancer and
two that cause 90 percent of genital warts. Those who have not
acquired HPV would experience the full benefits of the vaccine.
Who should receive the HPV vaccine?
Routine vaccine is recommended for girls 11 to 12 years
of age. Doctors may give it to girls as young as 9 years of age.
The vaccine is also recommended for girls and women 13-26 years
of age who did not receive it when they were younger.
The vaccine is administered in three doses during a six-month
period and works best prior to exposure due to sexual activity.