HPV Vaccination Lag

HPV Vaccination RatesHas your child received the HPV vaccine?  In a CDC issued report it is stated that many teenagers continue to go without vaccination for HPV.  According to CDC officials, last year only 57 percent of U.S. girls and 37 percent of boys ages 13 to 17 were vaccinated against the virus.

Why The Lag In HPV Vaccination Rates?

Dr. Melinda Wharton, deputy director of the CDC’s Nation Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases, believes the reason the HPV vaccinations are laggings is because doctors aren’t routinely recommending it when they give Tdap and meningococcal vaccines.

However, there are many other reasons why the vaccination rates could be lagging.  For quite some time there has been speculation about the HPV vaccine and its effectiveness.

Some rare, but very serious adverse effects play a role in why parents aren’t getting their child vaccinated.

According to clinical data, some of the very serious side effects after receiving the vaccination include:

  • Asthma
  • Lymphadenopathy (Swollen Glands)
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus

…Too Young?

Some parents think that if their son or daughter receives the vaccination it will cause them to become sexually active. Others think giving the vaccination at the age of 11 and 12 will promote sexual behavior in their children.

Parents have also said the vaccination is unnecessary.  Or, they worry about safety and side effects.  Some feel the vaccine isn’t appropriate for the child’s age especially since their child isn’t sexually active.

The price of this vaccination for families without insurance can cost about $130 per dose. The CDC recommends that all children ages 11 and 12 get this shot in three series.

In total parents would be spending $390 for a vaccine that could potentially harm their child. According to National Health Service there has been a report in the media regarding a 13- year old girl who has been in a “waking comma” since her third HPV vaccination.  The girl was reported to have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

The decision to vaccinate adolescents for HPV remains controversial.

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