Tdap (Tetanus, Diphteria, Pertussis)
- Administration of the diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine is routinely recommended in children, with a single booster dose of a vaccine containing tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) recommended for 11- to 12-year-olds, followed by tetanus toxoid and the reduced diphtheria toxoid in the form of Td recommended at 10-year intervals throughout life.
Gardasil (HPV Vaccine)
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that causes cervical cancer and genital warts. Persistent infection with certain types of HPV can lead to cancer of the cervix, which affects more than 10,000 American women every year.
- HPV can also cause cancers of the vulva, vagina, and anus, although these cancers are much less common than cervical cancer. HPV also causes cancers of the head and neck in men and women.
- Two vaccines (Gardasil and Cervarix) are available to prevent infection with several types of HPV known to cause cervical cancer. It is hoped that these vaccines will significantly reduce the number of women who develop cervical cancer and pre-cancer.