As parents, you do everything possible to keep your children healthy. Now, there is a new way to help protect your children from certain kinds of cancer in adulthood. The human papillomavirus vaccine, or HPV vaccine, has been shown to prevent HPV infection. HPV infections can lead to cancer in some people.

HPV is a sexually transmitted infection. That’s why the vaccine is recommended for females and males ages 11-26. This vaccine has been used since 2006 and is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Source: CDC - Created: 7/25/2013 by MMWR. Date Released: 7/25/2013. Series Name: A Cup of Health with CDC.

For help making a decision about whether your child should receive this vaccine, go to Health Topics.