Vaccination rate for girls against cancer-causing HPV still lagging, health officials say

  • Article by: MIKE STOBBE , AP Medical Writer
  • Updated: July 26, 2013 - 9:41 AM

ATLANTA — Only about half of U.S. teenage girls have gotten a controversial cervical cancer vaccine — a rate that's changed little in three years.

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farm4goodJul. 25, 1311:42 AM

I think that perhaps we are still a bit leery of new vaccines. How many times have we heard certain drugs, supplements, food, etc. are good for you and then not much later how bad they are. Both of my college age daughters got the vaccine, it was their choice not mine. I did not push it.

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BethjockJul. 25, 1310:50 PM

I didn't encourage it with my girls. The long term consequences are unknown. The cost was also prohibitive. I believe in vaccinations but this didn't pass the risk reward test with me. Had my girls insisted I wouldn't have stood in their way but they understood my objections.

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tituspulloJul. 26, 13 1:24 AM

My twelve year old just received her third and final booster with no ill effects. The risk of a reaction to the vaccine was minimal compared to the chance of cervical cancer later in life from 20 million new infections in the US alone.

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ericgus55Jul. 26, 13 4:57 PM

Use of this vaccine is lagging behind because of "moral" concerns ('kids shouldn't be sexually active, this makes it seem okay'), not medical concerns (side-effects, risks, etc.). The flat-out false claims spread about by folks like Michele Bachmann have frightened folks into risking the future health of their kids.

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bluemocoJul. 31, 13 1:54 PM

My 13yo son just had his third (of 3) Gardasil vaccination. My younger children (a boy and a girl) will get the same vaccinations when they hit about 13yo. I agree with ericgus55 -- false claims from the uninformed (Bachmann) can 'scare away' people who should be receiving this vaccination.

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