HPV shots available in Port Townsend through the Jefferson Healthcare’s Family Medicine Clinic
Jefferson Healthcare’s Family Medicine Clinic is offering a one-day clinic to provide HPV Vaccinations for children between the ages of 11 & 18. Drop-in HPV vaccinations will be available at the clinic, located at 1010 Sheridan Street, Ste. 101, Port Townsend, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm on November 15.
HPV vaccine is cancer prevention for boys and girls. Just two shots 12 months apart between the ages of 11-18 provide safe and lasting protection against infections that cause HPV cancer. The US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend vaccinating both boys and girls.
HPV vaccination prevents more than just cervical cancer. Vaccination can prevent uncomfortable testing and treatment even for cervical precancers. Each year in the U.S. more than 300,000 women endure invasive testing and treatment for lesions (changes in the cells) on the cervix that can develop into cancers. Testing and treatment for these “precancers” can have lasting effects, cites the Center for Disease Control and Prevention HPV website.
HPV is a very common virus; nearly 80 million people—about one in four—are currently infected in the United States. Learn how you can protect the children in your life from this cancer-causing virus, visit www.cdc.gov/hpv
No appointment is necessary for a HPV vaccination on November 15. Parents/Guardians will need to sign a consent for children between the ages of 11-13 y/o; over 14 y/o can sign their own consent. The Family Medicine Clinic can be reached at (360) 385-3500.