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HPV vaccine still a concern for doctors and parents

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Human Papillomavirus Vaccine has received a lot of attention over concerns with the Gardasil vaccine.

However, Dr. Charles Cesare with NEA Baptist said it is safe. In fact, he highly recommends it to both girls and boys ages 9 to 26.

There is an estimated 15,0000 cases of HPV related cancer in the United States annually affecting both men and women. Cesare said side effects include allergic reactions, stomach pains and things of that nature, but he believes the pros outweigh the cons.

"It protects four types of the virus that account for up to 75 percent of cervical cancer and 95 percent of genital warts,"

The vaccine is given in three phases over a period of months. Although, it targets young women, it is also recommended to young men.

"It prevents disease in the male from the Human Papillomavirus," said Cesare. "There are 7,000 cases of HPV related illness in males annually in the United States."

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