HPV Vaccine Recommended For 11-Year-Olds

February 3, 2017 | 3 Comments

The Department of Health said they are recommending that all children aged 11 years receive the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine, which is available at the Department of Health’s Hamilton Health Centre free of charge.

The Department said, “In 2016, the Bermuda Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices [BACIP] approved the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine [HPV] vaccine for administration as part of the routine Childhood Immunization Schedule in Bermuda.

“The Department of Health is now recommending that all children aged 11 years receive the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine.

“The HPV vaccine is available at the Department of Health’s Hamilton Health Centre, Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 11.30 am and is free of charge.

“Human Papillomavirus is common and more than half of sexually active men and women will contract an HPV infection during their lifetime. These viruses are sexually transmitted and most people have no symptoms of the infection, which may go away without treatment, or may persist.

“There are multiple types of Human Papillomavirus, and the current vaccine covers four types. Due to infection, in some cases people get warts on the genitals or in the throat, and some can develop cancers, especially cervical cancer in women, and cancer of the genitals or throat of both men and women.

“Many Human Papillomavirus infections may be prevented through vaccination with the HPV vaccine. The HPV vaccine is most effective when persons are vaccinated before they become sexually active and have exposure to Human Papillomavirus.

“For this reason, in agreement with international best practices, the BACIP has recommended that boys and girls aged 11 years be vaccinated with the HPV vaccine.

“The vaccine is safe and effective and is given as a series of three injections over six months. The most common side effects are pain and redness at the site of injection, mild fever and headache.

“Currently there are no booster shots recommended for the HPV vaccine. The HPV vaccine may also be available at your private physician’s office. You are encouraged to discuss prevention of Human Papillomavirus at your child’s next annual wellness check.”

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  1. Kim Smith says:

    It would be really nice if the value of abstinence would be delivered along with this suggestion. This vaccine isn’t without health risks so, parents, please do your research.

    • Gits and Shiggles says:

      Abstain or just get married. Abstinence is a lot easier after marriage too! Lol happy Saturday!

  2. Toodle-oo says:

    * Abstinence is a lot easier after marriage too! Lol *

    The only food group positively identified as destroying someone’s sex drive = Wedding cake

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