WESTMED Pediatrician Dr. Wendy Proskin is featured in a Consumer Reports video about the importance of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine for girls and women. Consumer Reports sent the story out to U.S. TV stations who subscribe to their video syndication service. Stations use their own TV anchors or reporters to introduce the story to their viewers.
Dr. Proskin says that WESTMED pediatricians generally give the vaccine, called Gardasil, to girls starting at age 12. The vaccine provides protection against two types of HPV that cause about 75 percent of cervical cancer cases, and two more types that cause 90 percent of genital warts cases.
Gardasil is administered in three injections; 2nd dose two months later; third one, six months later administered in the upper arm or thigh.