The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination protects against four types of HPV– two that cause 75 percent of cervical cancer cases and two that cause 90 percent of genital warts cases. HPV is transmitted through sexual intercourse, however it can also be transmitted through simple genital contact, oral sex, and can even be found under your fingernails. So even if your daughter is not sexually active, it’s essential for her to be immunized.
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Lauren Mientkiewicz, DO, explains more in this video:
The Centers for Disease Control recommends routine vaccination for all females from 9 to 26 years old, although it’s best to get it at a younger age, so your body can build immunity over time. Since HPV can develop into various cancers later in life, preventing transmission is essential.