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When Should My Child Receive the Tdap Vaccine?

Tdap is recommended for children at age 11 or 12. Children ages 13 to 18 who didn't get the shot when they were 11 or 12 years old should also get it.
Everyone needs continued protection against diphtheria and tetanus. Therefore, after receiving one dose of Tdap, the tetanus-diphtheria (Td) vaccine is recommended once every 10 years.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine

HPV is a virus that can infect the skin and mucous membranes of the body. You get HPV through skin-to-skin contact during sexual activity with someone who has an HPV infection. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD). It is so common that if you are sexually active, chances are you have been or will be infected with the virus.
There are more than 100 different types of HPV. Not all of these types cause genital infections. The ones that do can lead to serious problems. 
Notably, certain genital HPV strains can cause genital cancers. You've probably heard that HPV is the number one cause of cervical cancer in females. However, this virus doesn't just cause cervical cancer -- it has also been associated with cancers of the anus, vagina, vulva, penis, and oropharynx (the middle part of the throat that includes the soft palate, the base of the tongue, and the tonsils). Other genital HPV types can cause genital warts (see Types of HPV for more information about the different types of HPV).
Not everyone who gets HPV will develop cancer. The problem is, if you have an HPV infection, there is no way to know for certain whether your infection will lead to cancer. The other problem with HPV is that the types that cause cancer normally don't cause any symptoms. This means you can become infected without knowing it. It also means your sexual partner may be infected without you knowing it.
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