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14 Hudson Valley Parent n September 2016 Let Van Vliet Orthodontics be the future of your smile! Dr. Van Vliet and his talented staff focus on the latest technology in orthodontic care including: • 3D Smiles • Invisalign • SureSmile 19 Woodside Place, Highland, NY 12528 * 845-691-8330 * Call today for a complimentary consultation! Evan Hershkowitz, DDS, MPH 1001 Route 376 • Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 We'll make your child's dental visit playful, fun, & stress-free! • Specialize in infants through adolescents and children with special needs • General anesthesia available in our fully-equipped suites • State-of-the-art facility offering the latest technology Ahoy, Matey! Come Sail the Seven Seas with a Smile! NEW HACKENSACK NURSERY SCHOOL "We encourage, nurture, and teach... ey explore, learn, and fl ourish! Enrollment still available for 2016-2017 school year. For more information, contact our Registrars, 3's Registrar (845)462-0810, ext. 182 or 4's Registrar (845)462-0810, ext. 183 PROGRAMS FOR AGES 3 & 4 1580 Rte. 376 • Wappingers Falls 845-462-0810, ext. 3 Like Us On that because, through some research I did I believe the risks of the vaccine outweigh the risks of HPV," says Catherine Montiero, a Poughkeep- sie mother of two boys. "Especially because in most cases it clears up on its own." Dr. Reyes says that most of the time, parents decide against HPV because they don't believe their child needs it as they are not yet sexually active. "They are also afraid of the side effects because they heard that it can cause teens to be very sick," she adds. "HPV vaccine is recommended at age 11-12, which is the perfect time because children at this age [may] not think about engaging in sexual activity yet." But, she adds, half of all new infections are diagnosed with girls between the ages of 15 and 24 years old. "[The vaccine] will give them time to develop a good immune response, which means they develop soldier cells in their bodies ready to fight off the HPV virus when they come in contact with it in the future," Dr. Reyes adds. Dr. Reyes tells parents she sees about the mild HPV vaccine side ef- fects and that the most common one she encounters is pain at the injec- tion site, much like other vaccines. "I tell them that I highly recom- mend the vaccine because it is the only vaccine we have that actually prevents cancer," she says. "There are a lot of scary stories from friends, relatives, and the internet about vaccines, so it is hard to sep- arate facts from fiction. As a doctor I will never recommend anything to my patients that I know will cause them more harm than good." Dr. Reyes suggests talking frankly with your child's pediatrician and asking questions. VACCINES FOR TEENS (Continued from Page 13)

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