Gardasil clinic is Saturday at WVU

Vaccine helps protect against cervical cancer

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University hosts a Gardasil clinic at the Pediatric and Adolescent Practice Clinic in the Physicians Office Center, Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Gardasil helps protect against four types of the human papillomavirus (HPV) that cause 70 percent of cervical cancer cases and two or more types that cause 90 percent of genital warts cases.

HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that spreads easily. West Virginia has the second-highest mortality rate from cervical cancer in the nation. Only Mississippi’s is higher.

“While your insurance covers it, get it!” Wanda M. Hembree, M.D., WVU obstetrician and gynecologist, said.

Girls and young women between the ages of 9 and 26 are urged to get the vaccine. Vaccinating young girls before they become sexually active helps to prevent the spread of the virus.

Approximately 20 million Americans are infected with HPV, and another 6.2 million people become infected each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Gardasil vaccine is given in a series of three shots.  The cost of each injection can range from $150 to $175 and is covered by most insurance plans.

Physicians will be available to answer questions the day of the clinic.

To watch a video report produced at WVU about the HPV vaccine see http://www.health.wvu.edu/newsinfo/health-reports-2008.aspx.

For more information about HPV visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/STDFact-HPV.htm.



For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
EL: 02-19-09

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