DEAR DOCTOR K: My daughter's pediatrician would like her to have the HPV vaccine. I'm not sure. Is there evidence the HPV vaccine has some real benefit?
DEAR READER: Yes, there is evidence -- overwhelming evidence. And with this vaccine, the benefit is not that it will reduce the risk of a short-lived illness, like the flu. This vaccine will reduce your daughter's risk of getting a common and life-threatening cancer. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer and genital warts