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Bennett's experience has left
him determined to spread the
word about the safety and effectiveness
of the HPV vaccine.

prevention and the effects it can have
on their children later down the road."
In February 2016, Bennett rang

WHEN
CHILDREN
SHOULD GET
THE HPV
VACCINE

a bell in the Cancer Center, signifying

All kids who are 11 or

the end of his cancer treatment. Today,

12 years old should get two

he remains cancer-free. When he's

shots of HPV vaccine six to

Now that Bennett has insight into

not driving and delivering water for

12 months apart. The vaccine

cancers caused by HPV, he wishes that

work, he can be found with his fellow

is recommended at this age

the vaccination had been available not

volunteer firefighters or swimming and

so that children have time to

just to him but also to his two grown

diving in the Susquehanna River. 

develop an immune response

SPREADING THE WORD

daughters. And that's one of the rea-

before they are exposed to

sons he's so determined to spread the

the virus. Children older than

word about the safety and effectiveness
of the vaccine.
"I'd hate for any children or parents
to have to go through what I did,"
he says. "It's so important, especially
for parents, to be educated on HPV

LEARN MORE
Talk to your child's pediatrician
about HPV prevention. Young
adults between ages 18 and 26
should speak with their primary
care physician or OB-GYN.

14 need to get three shots
over six months.
Three doses are also recommended for anyone between
ages 9 and 26 who has a weak
immune system.
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