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Is Your Daughter/Son Skipping Gardisil?

Anonymous
Posted by Anonymous
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July 25th, 2013
03:25 PM ET

Teen girls still skipping HPV vaccine

Nearly half of all adolescent girls are still skipping the recommended HPV vaccine, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC report shows that the human papillomavirus vaccination rates for this group remained relatively unchanged for 2012, with 53.8% of teen girls receiving one dose of the vaccine and only 33.4% completing the three dose series. The numbers mirror percentages from 2011, when 53% of adolescent girls received one dose of the HPV vaccine and 34.8% completed the series.

The CDC previously attributed these low vaccination rates in part to the inadequate number of encounters with healthcare providers. However, new reports have shown that 84% of un-vaccinated girls have visited a doctor or other provider's office, where they have received other vaccinations but did not receive the HPV vaccine. The report suggests that coverage could be as high as 92.6% if the HPV vaccination had been initiated during these visits.

The HPV vaccine is currently recommended for both girls and boys at age 11 or 12 and is given over the course of six months. However, many parents choose not to vaccinate their children, citing a lack of sexual activity, among other reasons.

“Parents need reassurance that the HPV vaccine is recommended at 11 or 12 because it should be given well in advance of any sexual activity,” CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden has said in the past. “We don’t wait for exposure to occur before we vaccinate with any other routinely recommended vaccine.”

HPV rates down more than expected

Frieden also said that health care providers are not doing enough to promote vaccination and that physicians should recommend this vaccine just as they recommend others.

Nearly 26,200 HPV-related cancers occur in the United States every year, affecting both sexes, according to the CDC. Cervical cancer and oropharyngeal cancer account for the most prevalent HPV-related cancers in females and males, respectively. The HPV vaccine protects against the virus that causes 70% of cervical cancers.

The CDC is disappointed with the low number of girls getting vaccinated, as well as the relatively small percentage of girls who are completing the recommended three doses.

“Finishing the series is critical,” said Patsy Stinchfield, director of Infectious Disease and Immunology at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. “This vaccine is not fully effective unless you complete all three doses.”

Posted by Anonymous on Jul. 26, 2013 at 4:48 PM
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Abby.N.Amys.Mom
by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 4:49 PM
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I refused the vaccine for myself and will be refusing it for both of my daughters.

Jessy613
by Diamond Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 4:50 PM

this.

Quoting Abby.N.Amys.Mom:

I refused the vaccine for myself and will be refusing it for both of my daughters.


Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jul. 26, 2013 at 4:51 PM
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My son gets his third shot in Oct. Both my kids are current and have had ALL of their shots. Rabies included. lol
SyllabaryBisque
by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 4:51 PM
DD is due in November but I'm undecided on this.
Cbreland07
by Ruby Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 4:51 PM
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I wouldn't let my kids get it
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jul. 26, 2013 at 4:51 PM
Yes my kids might be skipping it, they are both vaccinated but just like with the swine flu vaccine I really don't want my kids to be guinea pigs.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jul. 26, 2013 at 4:53 PM
This, my girls are vaccinated but don't eat anything "extra".

Quoting Anonymous:

Yes my kids might be skipping it, they are both vaccinated but just like with the swine flu vaccine I really don't want my kids to be guinea pigs.
kellysparkles
by Platinum Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Yes she will.

meg0620
by Gold Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 4:53 PM
My son will not be getting it unless some major changes come about by the time he gets to the recommended age. I got the first vaccine and broke out in this terrible, painful, itchy rash that lasted almost a year. It was super embarrassing.
mcginnisc
by Platinum Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 4:53 PM
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I am seriously thinking of forgoeing this vax for my girls. Isn't new research showing that Gardasil has something to do with uterine cancer? I can't remember, but I think I saw a post about this recently on CM, but did not read it..just saw it while scrolling. 

Claire


" I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13 

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