HPV is the acronym for the human papilloma virus. Health officials have been encouraging parents of pre-teen girls to get them the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.
The vaccine also provides immunity to a sexually transmitted disease.
Dr. Jeffrey Van Wingen, in his blog for the Smart Living Network, takes a look at the vaccine from the perspective of a physician and a father. He said his office has also begun giving the vaccine to boys.
"For some reason, the notion of vaccines has become controversial and I feel like most of this is due to misleading information and rumors about their risks," Van Wingen wrote in "The HPV Vaccine for Pre-Teens: My View as a Doctor and a Father." "For instance, one of the most popular arguments against vaccination (is) that vaccines somehow cause autism. This has has been shown, hands down, to be false. However, the myth persists and I hear concerns regarding it to this day."
Van Wingen said he is troubled by the persisting myth.
"Sure, shots hurt and they can cause some minimal reactions," he wrote. "But I have seen countless kids with crippling polio in India that could have been prevented with a vaccine. I have seen an infant patient in the hospital ICU on respiratory support due to pertussis contracted from an adult whose immunity had waned."
To read more of his blog, click here.