HPV vaccine: Know the myths and the facts

August 13, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends girls and boys ages 11 and 12 receive a vaccine to protect them against human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus, which can be spread through sexual activity, is the cause of most cases of cervical cancer and some cancers of the throat and genitals. “Research shows the HPV vaccines are very beneficial,” says Zoe Stallings, MD, a family medicine doctor at Duke Primary Care Wake Forest.

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