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HPV Vaccine questions

Rachel Asks:

I would like to start the 3-series vaccination for my 15 year-old daughter. My insurance does not cover the cost; and my primary physician quoted me $150 per shot - $450 total. This sounds extremely high to me. Are there places that offer this service cheaper? What is a reasonable amount to pay?

Your 15 year-old daughter may be eligible for the vaccine under the federally funded Vaccines for Children Program depending on your family income. Most local health departments utilize this program to pay for children's vaccines. I would suggest that you contact your local health department and ask them if they offer the vaccine on a sliding fee scale.  I applaud you on taking the preventive step of getting your daughter vaccinated.

Monica Asks:

My daughter has been recommended for the vaccine against cervical cancer. Will the injection make her get her periods sooner? Would it in any way cause her menstrual problems?  She hasn't started menses yet?

You asked about the cervical cancer vaccine. The vaccine is recommended for young girls to prevent HPV infection. It works best when given before a girl or woman has had any exposure to the HPV virus, which is transmitted through sexual contact. The vaccine has no effect on menses or her menstrual periods. It should neither hasten nor delay menses. What is does is to establish protection so that any HPV your daughter may be exposed to at some point in her future will not have an opportunity to invade the cells of her cervix and start to cause the cervical changes that can lead to cancer. It has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is recommended in many countries and by many physician organizations and by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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