It’s August, which means the first day of school is fast approaching. School supplies are loaded into backpacks and outfits have been chosen to make that perfect first impression of the new school year, but are your children up-to-date on their vaccinations?
Don’t forget to schedule well-child visits or sports physicals to make sure your children are healthy and protected from vaccine-preventable illnesses like whooping cough and meningitis. At the appointment, be sure to ask your doctor about getting your sons and daughters vaccinated against HPV.
The HPV vaccine protects against a number of cancers, including cervical, vaginal, vulvar, throat, tongue, tonsil, penile, and anal cancer. HPV, or human papillomavirus, is very common – around 79 million people in the United States are currently infected with HPV, most in their teens and early 20s.
HPV vaccination is given in a series of three doses and is most effective when provided to children age 11 or 12 years, but it’s not too late if your children weren’t vaccinated at that age. The HPV vaccine is recommended for teens and young adults up to age 26 years.
The Chatham County Public Health Department offers HPV vaccination at our Siler City clinic. The vaccine is available for females and males age 9 to 26 years; your insurance will be billed or you will be charged a flat fee of $170 at the time of visit. The HPV vaccine is available at no charge for children age 9 to 18 years who are uninsured, underinsured, Medicaid eligible, American Indian or Alaskan Native, or an unaccompanied minor with no proof of insurance.
The clinic is located at 1000 South 10th Avenue in Siler City and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Call (919) 742-5641 to set up an appointment.
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