Apr 25, 2019

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: There is a vaccination that can prevent seven types of cancer, but many kids aren't getting it. Deanna Kepka from Huntsman Cancer Institute, tell me more.

Deanna: Yes, it's called the Human Papillomavirus vaccine. The HPV vaccine. Your child should be receiving this vaccine at ages 11 and 12, when they receive the other recommended immunizations at this age.

Interviewer: And why aren't a lot of kids receiving it?

Deanna: Often, parents are not receiving this vaccine for their child because they have just not heard of this vaccine. Their doctors have not specifically spoken to them about this vaccine, or they have presented it as optional.

Interviewer: And you highly recommend that all parents have their children get the HPV vaccine?

Deanna: Yes, ask your primary care provider for this vaccine. We have a cancer prevention vaccine that is severely underutilized. Please protect your child against these cancers and pre-cancers by getting this vaccine.

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