According to the latest news, HPV vaccine lowered the infection in teenage girls. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is known as a virus which can be caught as a result of unprotected sexual contact. HPV virus can affect both men and women. Also, women who get HPV virus are prone to develop cervical cancer.
Ten years ago, scientists introduced a vaccine to fight the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer. Recent analysis showed the vaccine decreased the virus’s spread by approximately two-thirds in teenage girls. Women in their early 20’s were reported to have a lower vaccination rate than teenage girls. Nonetheless, scientists claimed the results were positive for them too.
Dr. Amy B. Middleman, head of the Adolescent Medicine at the University of Oklahoma, stated that:
‘We’re seeing the impact of the vaccine as it marches down the line for age groups, and that’s incredibly exciting. A minority of females in this country has been immunized, but we’re seeing a public health impact that is quite expansive.’
Experts think the newly found results will encourage more people to take their HPV vaccinations. Of course, there will be lots of individuals who will be anti-vaccination as they might think it encourages teens to have unprotected sexual contact. However, the scientists’ hope is the majority will be open-minded and will have their children vaccinated.
Some of the states were reported having a considerably low rate of immunization: 40 percent of girls and 20 percent of boys aged 13 and 17. Rhode Island, Virginia and Columbia District are among the states with the lowest rate of immunization. Individuals in these states are recommended to take the HPV vaccination as soon as possible.
Even though HPV vaccine lowered the infection in teenage Girls, most of the teenagers are still undecided whether to take the vaccine or not. Scientists think this may have to do with the fact the virus is closely related to sexual contact. The American Cancer Society estimated approximately 14 million American citizens catch the HPV virus each year. Moreover, reports claim this year almost 4, 120 women will die from cervical cancer.
Recently, experts focused their attentions on children aged 11 and 12. Their opinion is at this age, the immune system responds better to vaccination. At the moment, they recommend parents should take into consideration HPV vaccine if they have children with this age.
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