Metro Health to provide free HPV vaccine at end of MLK march

January 14, 2017 GMT

Metro Health will provide free doses of the vaccine that prevents some of the most dangerous strains of the Human Papilloma Virus on a first come, first serve basis at the end of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. March on Monday.

The vaccine protects against many of the strains of HPV known to cause cancer. Metro Health recommends boys and girls be vaccinated at 11 or 12 years old, but the vaccine is safe for women up to age 26 and men up to age 21.

“HPV infection is associated with nearly 22,000 cancer cases diagnosed in the United States each year, which amounts to a new case every 20 minutes,” Metro Health said in a statement.

Metro Health will set up a mobile unit at Pittman-Sullivan Park to administer the vaccine, which requires two or three doses.

“We will be giving first doses and subsequent doses will have to be given at our immunization clinic,” Metro Health spokeswoman Carol Schliesinger said. “If the patient states they have received previous doses, we will administer the subsequent dose.”