DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Our pediatrician recommended the HPV vaccine for our 9-year-old daughter. This seems early for a vaccine that protects women from a sexually transmitted disease. Wouldn't it be better to wait? What are the side effects? How do I know it's safe? ANSWER: Age 9 is a good time for girls to receive the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
Chicago Tribune, by Robert Jacobson, M.D., Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 12/2011