Parents listen up, a new study shows that infection of HPV in teen girls has reduced by two-thirds since the vaccine started to be used. Also, this is major for women in their early 20’s, because the vaccine has also drastically dropped rates of HPV within that age bracket. So, get your teens and or older kids vaccinated!
Such amazing news. A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows that the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections among teenage girls in the U.S., has drastically dropped by more than 60 percent. Yes, 60 percent — that’s a major breakthrough! These new stats come on the heels of the vaccine being introduced in 2006 in order to fight the aggressive cancer-causing virus.
The results are in and they are truly astonishing — prevention is key! According to the new study from the CDC which was published on Feb. 22, girls 14 to 19 years old, rates of infection with the four types of HPV included in the 4vHPV vaccine decreased from 11.5% to 4.3%. There was also a drop in women 20 to 24 years old, from 18.5% to 12.1%. “These results are very encouraging and show the effectiveness of the vaccine,” said Dr. Lauri E. Markowitz, a researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Eventually we expect to see decreases in HPV in older groups as women who were young (enough to get the vaccine) age.” Wow. This is such amazing news and yes, hopefully these results start to trickle into the older bracket of women.
“We’re seeing the impact of the vaccine as it marches down the line for age groups, and that’s incredibly exciting,” said Dr. Amy B. Middleman, the chief of adolescent medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, told the NY Times. “A minority of females in this country have been immunized, but we’re seeing a public health impact that is quite expansive.” Sadly, despite the vaccine’s proven effectiveness, the immunization rates remain low — very low. Roughly only 40 percent of girls and 20 percent of boys between the ages of 13 and 17 have gotten vaccinated. That’s not very much. The report claims that the reasoning behind the low rates is due to the association between sexual activity in teens and the vaccine. As of right now, only Virginia, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia require the HPV vaccine. that doesn’t mean other states shouldn’t get on the bandwagon. The CDC currently recommends the HPV vaccine for girls and boys at 11 or 12 years of age, administered in three doses over six months.
“Parents need reassurance that HPV vaccine is recommended at 11 or 12 because it should be given well in advance of any sexual activity,” said Dr. Frieden. “We don’t wait for exposure to occur before we vaccinate with any other routinely recommended vaccine.”As for the girls in their 20’s, the prevalence of HPV has also dropped drastically. According to the same study, women ages 20 to 24, the stat dropped from 18.5 percent before the vaccine was introduced to 12.1 percent in the years after it was introduced. Wow. Lets keep this going and help fight the stigma for vaccines!
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