HPV or Human Papillomavirus is a common viral infection of the reproductive tract and can cause a range of conditions in both females and males, including precancerous lesions that may progress to become cancerous.
While most HPV infections go away on their own, some infections that don’t go away can cause cervical cancer (cancer of cervix or opening of the uterus), vaginal, and vulvar cancers in women. It may also lead to anal or oropharynx cancer and non-cancerous lesions in form of genital warts. While there is screening for cervical cancer, there are no routine screening tests for other types of HPV cancers, so they often aren’t detected until they cause health problems.
HPV Vaccine protects against infections that can lead to six types of cancer. It also protects against abnormal cells that can lead to cancer (precancers) and the lasting effects of testing and treatment for these precancers. By vaccinating young girls, this vaccine protects your daughter long before they are ever exposed to cancer-causing infections.
The Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) & Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) strongly recommend young girls & women receive vaccines according to the recommended Vaccination schedule.