La Crosse County wants to raise awareness about the Human Papillomavirus vaccine.
Through a collaboration with Gundersen Health System the county health department accepted a $12,000 dollar grant from the Wisconsin Cancer Control Program. The county says the grant will be used to fund local TV and radio PSA's. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease directly linked to six different types of cancer that can develop years later in life. County health says the current vaccine is most effective beginning in pre-teen years, 11-12.
"[Parents] don't know about the meningococcal vaccine or the HPV vaccine as much because they're not the ones that the school is saying hey this is the one your child needs," said Bryany Weigel, a La Crosse County Public Health Nurse. "So we do some education on that end too, just to make sure that they know about all of the vaccines that their child might need at that age."
The HPV vaccine is licensed for ages 11 to 26. Depending on case, it is either a 2 or 3 dose series. Side effects are the same as most shots, soreness of the arm and some redness. If insurance does not cover the shot, La Crosse County Health says you can contact them for more options.