Mayo doctors: Too few kids are getting the HPV vaccine

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 18, 2013 - 7:31 AM

More adolescents are getting vaccinated for human papillomavirus, the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, but use of the HPV vaccine continues to lag behind expectations, and doctors are growing worried about a building public backlash.

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epgal11Mar. 18, 13 6:23 AM

This vaccine hasn't be around long enough or studied well enough to guarantee that young people would be totally safe if they have it. If there are some studies, I haven't seen them. That should be done. And legislating that all young people should have the vaccine would be overstepping the limits of what government should be doing.

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marsbonfireMar. 18, 13 6:41 AM

Some people will continue stick their heads in the sand. My daughter just had the second of her three boosters. She's doing just fine with no ill effects. People like Michelle Bachmann play into some BS morality issue, obvious to reality.

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infocusMar. 18, 13 7:46 AM

I need to see more long term testing on this vaccine before I line up my kids to their guinea pigs. Sorry but I don't put blind faith in the pharmaceutical industry like some do.

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justanother1Mar. 18, 13 8:13 AM

Pharma profits must not be coming in fast enough to satisfy the growth curve promised to investors. Time to get the licensed drug pushers to get the message out and create a fear campaign. We all know how this works now, time for a different marketing strategy.

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sausageMar. 18, 13 8:13 AM

We need to see more "unbiased" "scientific" and really long term research on all chemicals that alter or change the human immune system. Since the beginnings of the mass immunizations of the young, we have seen increases in problems such as autism, alzheimer's, Lu Gehrig's disease and other obscure diseases that "were" obscure at one time and now are common problems. I am not a "naysayer" and I do believe in the value of immunizations but too many people are looking at these chemicals (as well as food chemicals) with a biased eye. Many of the effects may not be felt for many generations and then too is too late to change the body chemistry back to a self regulating immune system. My opinion.

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justamom41Mar. 18, 13 8:19 AM

Dr. Jacobson is creating straw men. No parent believes their children will never become sexually active. However, some parents are concerned about the medical community pushing yet another product whose long-term side-effects are still relatively unknown. They also understand that 40+ years of assorted "liberationists" promoting ever earlier and more casual sexual encounters is not healthy for anyone.

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gemie1Mar. 18, 13 8:32 AM

My daughter will not be getting it until I read more reports on it. I feel that government should have NO say. This is not similar to refusing a shot for the measles where it could be spread around.

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robotczarMar. 18, 13 8:34 AM

Everything we do has some risk associated with it. The risk of cancer from HPV is very very real. The vaccine has gone through the standard testing protocol which makes it as safe as other medication people take. It is more than time to see that you, as parents, really are not qualified to judge whether your child needs to be vaccinated. You are going to have to trust medical science on this one if you want to protect your children. This article does a disservice by presenting irresponsible opinions of individual "parents" as some sort of counter to what mainstream medical science strongly recommends based on scientific evidence. Let me also say that this article omits the important information that boys also need to be vaccinated as HPV is not associated with specific cancers being found in men.

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robotczarMar. 18, 13 8:49 AM

Oh, and I forgot to say that if I were faced with the choice of my teen having sex (a natural and necessary biological function and drive) or getting cancer (a debilitating and often fatal disease), I could live with them having sex. Not that those choices are actually germane to whether they should be vaccinated. Let me suggest that if your preteen wants to have sex, I would look to other causes than having been vaccinated against only one type of sexually transmitted disease.

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drleenMar. 18, 13 9:01 AM

I will not allow my daughter to wear her seatbelt either. I'm afraid it will encourage her to drive recklessly.

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