Austin Doctor Marta Katalenas Advises Parents to Include HPV Vaccine in Back-to-School Vaccinations

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Dr. Marta Katalenas explains the importance of the HPV vaccine for both girls and boys and urges parents to include it in back-to-school vaccinations.

Dr. Katalenas reccomends that all children, including males, receive vaccinations for HPV

Vaccination against STDs is not a moral judgment but plain common sense. We are recommending that all our patients receive the HPV vaccine.

According to Dr. Marta Katalenas, noted pediatrician and author of "The Step Up Diet: From Scratch... The Quality, Quantity, and Timing Solution to Childhood Obesity", Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is not only responsible for girls developing cancer of the uterus later in life, but it also can cause cancer in the head and neck. She is recommending that parents have their pre-adolescent girls vaccinated for HPV, as well as boys between ages 11 and 12 who may develop head or neck cancers, or serve as HPV carriers.

According to new findings published in The Journal of Infectious Disease, the number of HPV cases has declined by 56 percent between 2006 and 2012. Yet only 32 percent of adolescents received the HPV vaccine during that time period. With the rising availability of the HPV vaccine, and many states now offering it for free, Dr. Katalenas is urging parents to add the immunization to children's back-to-school vaccinations.

"Any infection is dangerous, and even strong family values and sexual education cannot completely protect our children from sexually transmitted diseases like HPV," stated Dr. Katalenas. "Vaccination against STDs is not a moral judgment but plain common sense. We are recommending that all our patients receive the HPV vaccine."

About Dr. Marta Katalenas
Dr. Marta Katalenas is a pediatrician and owner of The Pediatric Center of Round Rock, Texas, and author of The Step Up Diet: From Scratch... The Quality, Quantity, and Timing Solution to Childhood Obesity. Her practice offers a nutrition management program that helps families make the lifestyle changes necessary to promote and maintain good health. Dr. Katalenas is a frequent guest on local television shows and is media resource on childhood obesity and pediatric health issues.

For more information, please visit http://www.drkatalenas.com.

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