Why Adults Should Get The HPV VaccineYou’ve probably heard about the HPV vaccine if you have a son or daughter in their tweens. That’s the target age group for vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV) because it can protect someone for life before they become sexually active, which is how HPV is spread.

Early protection is important because HPV may be responsible for up to 70% of cases of cervical cancer, anal cancer, head and neck cancers, penile cancer, vaginal cancer, and vulvar cancer. But what about adults? Does the vaccine help them?

We know the HPV vaccine is effective. Since it was approved, there’s been a significant reduction in precancerous lesions and genital warts among people 15 to 24 years old, as well as 87% fewer cases of cervical cancer in women who were immunized between ages 12 and 13, compared with those who were not.

It’s not just young people who can benefit from the HPV vaccine. While it can’t cure an HPV infection, getting the HPV vaccine can help adults avoid a future infection. You can still acquire high-risk strains of HPV later in life, so the sooner you’re vaccinated, the sooner you’ll be protected.

Men and women between the ages of 26 and 45 should talk to their health care provider about whether the HPV vaccine would benefit them. A Pap test is the most effective way to screen for cervical cancer, which is often caused by HPV.  Northline Women’s Health Center in Southgate and Brownstown can help with an annual exam and all your women’s healthcare needs. Scheduling an appointment is easy, so do it today.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax