Medical Video: HPV vaccine: Help your kids prevent cancer
At present one prevention of cervical cancer is to use the HPV vaccine. Most people think that HPV vaccination should only be done at an adult age or after marriage. In fact, HPV vaccination must be done as early as possible.
Why is it important to give HPV vaccine to children?
Sharing research concludes that the HPV vaccine is very effective in preventing HPV infection if given before someone is sexually active. That is why, girls and boys are advised to get this vaccine from the age of 9-13 / 14 years. This age is considered ideal because the child's immune response is at its best. This is what makes their bodies effectively develop a system of antibodies to the established HPV virus in the long term.
Not only that, consideration of giving HPV vaccination to prevent cervical cancer in children is seen in terms of practicality. Because, if done on children aged 9-13 / 14 years, HPV vaccination is only given 2 doses by injecting fluid into the shoulder muscle. The second dose is given after a period of six months to one year later. After that, the child will be free from the threat of cervical cancer and other diseases caused by HPV.
Preparation of the first HPV vaccine in children
Here are some things that you should know and pay attention to before taking the child to do the HPV vaccine for the first time:
1. Make sure the condition of the child is healthy
The first thing that will be asked by a doctor or medical staff before carrying out the HPV vaccine is a child's health condition. If during a health check it is known that the child is in a condition that is not fit, such as having a fever, flu, cough, runny nose, or diarrhea, vaccination should not be done.
Because the vaccination will not work effectively if the body condition is not in top shape. That is why, it is important for you to ensure the condition of the child in a healthy state the day before HPV vaccination.
2. Talk about the child's health history
In addition to ensuring the child is in a healthy condition, it is also important for you to tell about the medical history to the doctor in detail and details. Don't forget, tell your pediatrician about your child's allergic history. This is done so that children can get the right treatment according to their needs.
3, don't go straight home
After the vaccination is complete, it's a good idea to wait around 30 minutes at the vaccination site to see whether or not there is a reaction after being vaccinated. So, if the child raises an unwanted reaction after being vaccinated, your child can be immediately treated by the medical team.
4. Beware of side effects
Although the HPV vaccine is guaranteed safety, your child may experience side effects after being vaccinated. But calm, these side effects are generally mild and only temporary.
Basically the side effects of the HPV vaccine are similar to other types of vaccines, namely pain, redness and / or swelling at the injection site. Some people may also experience fever, headache, fatigue, joint or muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain.
Allergic reactions to life-threatening vaccines are very rare. However, if it appears, the reaction usually takes several minutes to several hours after vaccination.
If your child has one of the symptoms mentioned above, you should invite him to rest. You can also give paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve fever and minor pain.