Parents Uncomfortable With Children Receiving HPV Vaccine

In 2006 the FDA approved the HPV vaccine which is supposed to prevent most cervical cancers, cancers of the vagina, and genital warts.

Originally, the HPV vaccine was targeted towards women ages 9-26, however in 2009 the HPV vaccine was recommended for boys ages 11-26.

Some parents thought that their children were too young to be vaccinated and still the controversy lives on.

Parents worry that since HPV is a sexually transmitted disease, being vaccinated will encourage these children to engage in sexual activities.

The Truth About The HPV Vaccine

According to CDC, the HPV vaccine protects against infection from four strains of the HPV virus. Two of these strains HPV– 16 and HPV-18 are held accountable for about 70 percent of cervical cancers.

The other two strains HPV-6 and HPV-11 account for about 90 percent of genital warts.

Clinical trials that have been reported suggest that the vaccine has been 100 percent effective and extremely safe.

The HPV vaccine must be given in three doses in order to be fully effective.

Why Are Parents Concerned About Their Child Receiving The HPV Vaccine

Although the vaccine has been shown to cut the HPV– related diseases in half many parents are uncomfortable because the HPV vaccine is recommended for children as young as 9 years old.

According to experts studies have shown that there has been no increase of sexual activity at an early age.

Despite what the experts say, parents still object to the HPV vaccine because they do not want to have the “sex” talk at age 9 or 10 when their children are getting vaccinated.

The CDC explains that the purpose of the vaccine is to protect children against the HPV infection before they start becoming sexually active.


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