With the school year underway, the Worcester County Health Department is reminding parents to confirm their pupils are up-to-date on the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
The Health Department is advising children of both genders between the ages of 11 and 12 to receive the vaccine this year. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HPV is the most commonly sexually transmitted disease.
In a press release, Travis Brown, county health department spokesperson, said HPV can also lead to cervical and other cancers.
“Fortunately, HPV vaccination is safe and effective and protects both males and females from the diseases potentially caused by HPV,” he said.
Statistically, Brown said roughly 79 million Americans are infected with HPV, with approximately 14 million new cases occurring each year.