TUESDAY, November 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) – HPV vaccination rates are still too low to reduce cervical cancer cases as…
TUESDAY, November 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) – HPV vaccination rates are still too low to reduce cervical cancer cases as much as possible in the US, warns a new report.
While HPV papillomavirus vaccination has increased in recent years, prices are far below the federal government’s healthy people 2020 target for 80 percent of the elderly youth according to the latest report.
“We have a safe and effective vaccine that protects against a carcinogenic virus, and we regret the efforts of cancer and immunization leaders that merge and rise to the challenge of accelerating HPV vaccine uptake,” said Barbara Rimer, president of the Presidential Cancer Panel, who gave the report.
“Nevertheless, the fact remains that this vaccine remains seriously underutilized ̵
1; we still lack opportunities to prevent cancer and save lives,” she said in a press release from the panel.
According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention N, boys and girls aged 11 or 12 should receive two shots of HPV vaccine six to twelve months apart. Those who get their two shots less than five months apart require a third dose of HPV vaccine, added agency.
While the proportion of children who started the HPV vaccine series increased an average of 5 percent per year between 2013 and 2017, less than half of the teens were completely vaccinated from 2017.
The new report proposes a number of ways to increase HPV vaccination rates . These include: growing parents’ acceptance of the vaccination; improve access to vaccination reduce missed opportunities at medical meetings to recommend and administer the vaccine; and promote the use of the vaccine worldwide.
HPV is a very common virus, with about 14 million people in the United States – including teens – infected each year, according to CDC.
Among infected American virus causes 33,700 cancers in men and women, but vaccination can prevent most cancers (about 31,200) to develop, says CDC.
HPV infection can cause cancer of the cervix, vagina and vulva in women; cancers of penis in men; andcancers of anus and back of the neck, including the tongue and tonsils, in both women and men.
The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention measures has more on HPV vaccination.