Three vaccines are recommended for 11-12 year-olds: HPV, Tdap, and menigitis.
The HPV vaccine protects girls and boys from the human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes 6 types of cancer in men and women: cervical, throat and mouth, anal, vaginal, vulvar, and penile. The HPV virus also causes genital warts.
The HPV vaccines produces the best protection (immune response) when given before age 13. The HPV vaccine series is given as 2 shots, 6 – 12 months apart. (Teens starting the vaccine at age 15 or older will need 3 shots.)
HPV, Tdap, and menigitis vaccines have all been tested extensively and proven to be safe and effective. For more information about the HPV vaccine and other teen vaccines, go to: http://www.get3shots.org