HPV Vaccinations

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One of the leading causes of cervical cancer is the Human Papillomavirus, better known as HPV. A new vaccine is available to the public and medical experts say they are targeting girls ages nine to 26. Some mothers may feel uneasy about taking their daughter to be vaccinated at the age of nine for a sexually transmitted disease, but others say the earlier the better.

Michelle Gray is a mother in Thomasville and she says, "The younger the better I believe, if you start talking to them about stuff early and letting them know there is vaccinations for that stuff to get done,"

Fayette Ashley is a grandmother and she says, "I think children are going to make bad choices no matter where they're at, and I believe this is something that's important."

Doctors say the age of nine may seem young to start worrying about protecting your child against an STD, but they say it's important to get it over with when they're younger before it's too late.

Dr. Sandra Reed at the Shaw's Women's Center says, "I really think it's important, for young girls especially before they become sexually active. I have a 15-year-old daughter, and as soon as we get it in the office, she's going to get her injections."

Medical experts say the vaccination drug Gardisil will not eradicate cervical cancer, but the drug will help prevent 70 percent of cervical cancer cases, and although doctors say men do carry the virus, the FDA has not yet approved the vaccination for men.

The vaccine is not available just yet in Thomasville, but the drug has been ordered and doctors say will be available in a few weeks.