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HPV rates down more than expected
June 19th, 2013
02:53 PM ET

HPV rates down more than expected

Cases of human papillomavirus (HPV) have significantly decreased since the advent of the HPV vaccine in 2006, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and numbers have outpaced even their greatest predictions.

"The prevalence of the types of HPV that commonly cause cervical cancer in women has dropped by about half in girls ages 14 to 19," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC director. "That decline is even better than we had hoped for."

Specifically, rates of HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18 – the four types covered by the vaccines – have decreased by 56% in young girls.

Those numbers are surprising, said Frieden, because only about a third of girls have gotten all three recommended doses of the vaccine. He suggested that the extra immunity may come from girls who only got one or two doses, or so-called "herd immunity." That occurs when those who have been vaccinated cause there to be less virus floating around, therefore lowering the risk for those who haven't been vaccinated.

But despite the good news, Frieden says the CDC had hoped that 80% of girls would be vaccinated by this point, and more needs to be done.

"This should be a wake-up call that we need to increase vaccination rates, because we can protect the next generation of girls from cancer caused by HPV," said Frieden. "Fifty thousand women alive today will develop cervical cancer that could have been prevented if we had reached our goal of an 80% vaccination rate."

Why aren't more girls getting vaccinated? Frieden says the blame is split between doctors and parents.

"Providers are not consistently giving recommendations for vaccination and are not encouraging the vaccine at every (patient) encounter," he said. "Parents commonly say they don't think the vaccine is needed, or that their teen is not sexually active, or they have concerns about the vaccine."

But, he said, parents may be missing the point.

"We vaccinate people well before they are exposed to an infection, as is the case with measles," said Frieden. "Similarly, we want to vaccinate children well before they get exposed to HPV."

Dr. Warner Huh, an associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham who is not connected with this recent report, but did help develop the vaccine, says he was equally surprised by the data.

"A drop of 56% in the HPV types contained within the vaccine is pretty substantial," he said. "I don't think anyone would have guessed we'd see a drop that high before this study."

Huh also echoed Frieden's concern about low vaccination rates. "I think we're all surprised that you'd see a drop that high with a vaccine penetration that low," he said.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection seen in the United States, and causes more than two-thirds of cervical cancer; it also contributes to head and neck cancers and anal cancers.  HPV affects 79 million Americans, and more than 14 million new infections are seen each year.

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  1. Ethic's Board

    What?! Vaccines don't prevent disease... they just increase our chance of having previously unrecognized genetic disorders that we classify as autism. Read the literature – Signed, Jenny McCarthy.

    June 19, 2013 at 15:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kerry Berger

      That is complete nonsense. There is no relationship between vaccinations and autism. This has long been debunked and the doctor who was spreading this misinformation was jailed in the UK as a result of investigation and trial. So-called educated Americans act almost as dumb as TeaPublicans and watchers of Fox News.

      June 19, 2013 at 17:05 | Report abuse |
    • rhobere

      its so good to hear people still following the upstanding and totally objectively studied research of the great virologist/women-who-will-put-4-willies-inside-herself-at-once-on-camera, Jenny McCarthy.

      June 19, 2013 at 17:14 | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Wendy, is it a coincidence that Polio is is gone? What about smallpox? Did we just pray it all away?

      Also, you're horrible at sensing sarcasm

      June 19, 2013 at 17:22 | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      wooosh!

      You guys need a sarcasm meter.

      June 19, 2013 at 17:46 | Report abuse |
    • vommaWHO

      @Audience, Please do not allow a publication or comments like these to be your voice. Do your homework and Think for yourselves. Vaccines have absolutely been proven to cause neurological and autoimmune diseases as well as death. Polio was redefined after the Polio vaccination was released decades ago. Learn your history and you will see that the systematic disease dropped significantly before vaccines were ever introduced to the population. Who really believes that injecting yourself with significant levels of Mercury, Formaldehyde, Aluminum along with whatever other toxic mess each does may contain is safe for your immune system? Okay, how about your 10 pound child's immune system? Well, lets increase the number of doses to 3, how does that sound?
      Destruction of the immune system and the genome is the only thing vaccines are good for, but that would only be true if you are part of the higher order.

      June 20, 2013 at 23:27 | Report abuse |
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      June 22, 2013 at 12:24 | Report abuse |
  2. bankrupt1

    Good to hear. They burn the skin (deep) off of your private parts with acid to get rid of that. Seems like a better alternative.

    June 19, 2013 at 16:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim in PA

      Even worse for girls where the infection is internal.

      June 19, 2013 at 16:08 | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      HPV associated cancers are the concern. HPV doesn't cause discomfort, it causes warts and cancer. HPV associated anal, head and neck, and cervical cancer are booming in numbers.

      June 19, 2013 at 17:24 | Report abuse |
    • vommaWHO

      @bankrupt1, There are other ways to remove the warts which do not require surgical means. This however will hurt business and is not recommended.

      June 20, 2013 at 23:19 | Report abuse |
  3. 321

    good to hear. they burn the skin off (deep) of your private parts with acid.

    June 19, 2013 at 16:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. nc1965

    Headline: CDC: Rate of HPV in teens cut in half

    CORRECTION:

    CDC: Rate of HPV in teens cut in half. But STDs are on the rise.

    June 19, 2013 at 16:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim in PA

      Actually the REAL corrected headline would read: HPV Cut in Half; But Resistance to Vaccination By Religious Extremists Hampers Efforts.

      June 19, 2013 at 16:09 | Report abuse |
    • jonbme

      @CaptiveAudience: HPV is not a deadly disease, and almost everyone has had one form or another (there are hundreds of types), sometimes even if they have never had sex. There is a chance it can cause cancer, which can be a deadly disease. 5% of all cancers worldwide are caused by HPV (not 5% of all HPV infections). Even most of the time if a precancerous cells are found, they eventually clear up on their own (not to say that you should not get it taken care of, why chance it?)

      June 20, 2013 at 14:19 | Report abuse |
    • jonbme

      Weird it made me reply to the wrong thread somehow.

      June 20, 2013 at 14:20 | Report abuse |
    • vommaWHO

      @Jonbme, I could not agree more. It is good to see someone who has actually done research into the effects of HPV and vaccinations.

      June 20, 2013 at 23:18 | Report abuse |
  5. DB

    More kids need to get this vaccine.

    When it comes to anything that relates to S-E-X, Americans are really insane. People honestly believe that vaccinating your child for an STD means that you're encouraging them to have sex, and that if you withhold the vaccine it will prevent your child from having sex. For crying out loud...that point of view are so totally ludicrous and irrational that I wouldn't even know how to argue against it. How do you reason someone out of a point of view they didn't reason themselves into? It's the same with basic sexual education and contraception, people honestly believe giving kids access to both encourages them to have sex even though there is not a shred of evidence supporting that point of view...and plenty of evidence disputing it. But the "debate" continues as if these idiots have a legitimate point of view, and policymakers keep pandering to them.

    June 19, 2013 at 16:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim in PA

      Hard to believe, but there are parents that actually use a fear of cancer to coerce their children to not be sexually active. What awful awful people.

      June 19, 2013 at 16:12 | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      Jim, I agree abstinence is a good thing. But its not realistic to expect every child to remain so. So get the kids the shots just in case.

      The only accidents I have been in the car when they happened (never been in one driving) I didn't need my seatbelt. I'm a safe driver as well, so should I just not wear my seatbelt?

      June 19, 2013 at 16:17 | Report abuse |
    • DB

      Isn't it frustrating?

      June 19, 2013 at 16:17 | Report abuse |
    • DB

      Shane, from your comment it appears as though you've assumed that Jim was being satirical and ironic. But I think he meant it literally, he really believes those parents are "awful" for withholding the vaccine and telling their kids "if you have sex, HPV will give you cancer."

      June 19, 2013 at 16:19 | Report abuse |
    • Jim in PA

      Lest there be any doubt, I was dead serious about these parents being awful. I want my kids to be sexually abstinent for as long as possible, but dear god you better believe I will give my daughter this vaccine when the time comes.

      June 19, 2013 at 16:23 | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegend

      I believe that parents who withhold the vaccine in an attempt to encourage abstinence are aweful. And not very smart.

      June 19, 2013 at 16:38 | Report abuse |
    • MomofTeens

      Not so hard to believe when my teen came home from a sex ed class to tell me the teacher asked for a show of hands from the girls who had had the HPV vaccine, then told them their parents were saying it was okay for them to have sex. Principal was not too happy with teacher after my email! Now with M. Douglas bringing attention to the possible spread of HPV via oral sex, maybe the on the fence parents will get their kids – girls and boys – vaccinated. Many, adults as well as teens, don't seem to consider oral sex as dangerous when compared to 'regular' sex.

      June 19, 2013 at 17:41 | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      I apologize Jim, I completely misread what you had said originally. I had read it as you being one of those parents and somehow missed those parents being awful. Sorry, had just woken up.

      June 19, 2013 at 17:42 | Report abuse |
    • CaptiveAudience

      My friend was a virgin when she married. Her husband was the only one she ever had sex with and he gave a sexually transmitted disease. I guess those that deny this vaccine to their daughters hoping to punish their unchaste daughters with a deadly disease don't mind if chaste daughters die as a result of the actions of unfaithful husbands.

      June 19, 2013 at 21:15 | Report abuse |
    • jonbme

      @CaptiveAudience: HPV is not a deadly disease, and almost everyone has had one form or another (there are hundreds of types), sometimes even if they have never had sex. There is a chance it can cause cancer, which can be a deadly disease. 5% of all cancers worldwide are caused by HPV (not 5% of all HPV infections). Even most of the time if a precancerous cells are found, they eventually clear up on their own (not to say that you should not get it taken care of, why chance it?)

      Not that I don't think you shouldn't get vaccinated.

      June 20, 2013 at 14:21 | Report abuse |
    • vommaWHO

      If you actually believe that giving your child this vaccination will help cure them of every form of HPV, you are sadly mistaken. The rebuttal on vaccinations is much stronger than the rebuttal for. Hard evidence is approaching that vaccinations are killing the future rather than saving it. Please, prove to the audience there are no side effects of this vaccination. Prove to the audience that vaccinations have not been directly linked to deaths and horrid side effects around the globe. Prove to the audience that the same people responsible for funding the creation and research of vaccinations are not interested in eugenics and depopulation.

      June 20, 2013 at 22:46 | Report abuse |
  6. Shane

    Who would have thought it, a vaccine actually reducing a disease.

    But people on the street have been telling me vaccines are bad and are bad and cause illness and are bad. Who should I believe?

    June 19, 2013 at 16:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • vommaWHO

      If you did your research instead of allowing others to do the research for you, you would see that vaccines have done much more damage than good over the years and should be considered a crime against humanity. Those who push the vaccination and know better should be investigated and held accountable.

      June 20, 2013 at 22:39 | Report abuse |
  7. AlanE

    why is it surprising?
    Les women infected means less men infected (or vice versa) and therefore even the unvaccinated girls will not be infected. Infection is exponential.. vacinnation will have a similar trend.

    June 19, 2013 at 16:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Sunflower2

    I wish they had had this vaccine when I was a girl... would have saved me a lot of grief... and to the parents out there worried that this would encourage sexual activity? Really? I'd be more worried about the potential of your daughter being raped and unprotected. Have you read the stats on rape these days? Sure, you child is not sexually active, and you hope they wait, but there is always that small possibility that the unthinkable happens... Believe me... it does.....Why gamble and throw dice on your daughters health and future?

    June 19, 2013 at 16:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim in PA

      Also, it should be noted that girls who try to save their virginity while pleasing their boyfriends orally (sorry to be graphic) can actually get the infection in their throats, where it is a contributing factor in throat cancer. In fact, there is a recent significant increase in throat cancer in teenage girls, which is likely not a coincidence.

      June 19, 2013 at 16:28 | Report abuse |
  9. Jim in PA

    Why aren't boys encouraged to get this also? I understand there is minimal cancer aspect for boys from this infection as compared to girls, but it would have a dramatic effect in decreasing infections in non-vaccinated girls. It would be advantageous to the society at large. When I had young babies (too young to receive the flu vaccine), I got myself vaccinated for the flu to protect them from infection. Same idea. Right now, non-vaccinated boys are a disease reservoir for HPV within the population.

    June 19, 2013 at 16:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • christianwalters505095964

      Jim,

      It's my understanding (FWIW) that the clinical trials on boys aren't completed yet. But soon I think we can expect the clueless antivaxxers to object to this vaccine being given to children either sex.

      June 19, 2013 at 16:46 | Report abuse |
    • Parul

      Jim

      I am a pediatrician, and actually boys are encouraged to get this vaccine now, at the same age as girls.

      June 19, 2013 at 16:56 | Report abuse |
    • Starflyr

      Yes, I also am a pediatrician and the CDC recommends that all boys be vaccinated as well, and all of the major insurance companies do cover the vaccination (at least the ones we accept). Even UHC gave in about a year ago, and they're always last, seems like. 90% of my teens get the vaccine between 11 and 13 years old, the remaining 10% the parents think it's giving permission to have sex or are vaccine objectors. But we still talk about it every year.

      June 19, 2013 at 17:59 | Report abuse |
    • M

      They do recommend it. My doctor was ahead of the CDC and was recommending vaccination for both genders back in 2010. Vaccinating boys is not only important for protecting their future female partners, but also for protecting the boys against genital warts and potentially throat/mouth cancers from oral sex (regardless of their sexual orientation.)

      June 20, 2013 at 08:40 | Report abuse |
  10. Stacey1

    This was rampant in the teens/20 age group thirty years ago – I am sure it only grew exponentially from there. I am happy the vaccine is out there to protect my daughters and really all of the future generations from this disease. I hope more get the vaccination.

    June 19, 2013 at 16:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • vommaWHO

      Stacey1, unfortunately your statement is the very epitome of why people need to do their own research and start thinking for themselves.

      June 20, 2013 at 23:16 | Report abuse |
  11. The Contentious Otter

    Evangelicals: "Well my little girl ain't need no vaccine cause she ain't gonna lose her virginity til after she's gone and got herself married!"

    ...

    June 19, 2013 at 16:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • G.L.

      Careful, Otter. You're mere inches away from conceding that smug message board yankees don't give a flip if their teenage daughters run head-long into today's corrosive hook-up culture, pregnancy and disease consequences be-damned. You'd be better off not mocking people trying to look out for their daughters' well-being. You're doing all your fellow smug yankees a great disservice by implying only people who use the word "ain't" are trying to protect their young girls. I hope that's not really true.

      June 19, 2013 at 17:11 | Report abuse |
    • M

      Really??? I'm an evangelical christian. Both of our sons and our daughter received the vax after our family doctor recommended it and I researched it. DD was 11 at the time. Of my evangelical friends and family, there are only a handful who chose NOT to get this vax for their children.

      June 20, 2013 at 09:14 | Report abuse |
  12. Kerry Berger

    Parents who are not immunizing their children against the HPV are fools, particularly when we look at the reduction of cases as a result of vaccination. It's time that these educated but not medical doctor parents stop playing God with their children and threatening the lives of other children as a result of refusing immunization. In fact, it should be mandatory for attending both public and private schools.

    June 19, 2013 at 17:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • vommaWHO

      Some of you may be shills paid by the very corporations attempting to promote these stories through controlled media sources. Wake Up World! Do not allow a misleading report to solidify your view or position about a topic. Do your own research and you will find the truth!
      The numbers that are formulated in this report are skewed. If I take a group of 1000 people, throw 950 of them out of the study because of some complication or irregularity, then between the 50 that are left, I have a percentage because 27 of those 50 teens did not contract HPV. This still may not take into consideration other factors.
      The percentages not reported on here are how many serious side effects and deaths have occurred along with the long term effects including infertility. Until those studies have been performed by an independent party and accurately, those pushing for this vaccine might as well ask the teen to play rush and roulette

      June 20, 2013 at 23:13 | Report abuse |
  13. bob

    and this is why childhood vaccines should be mandatory under penalty of the law. it's one thing if your child had demonstrated an adverse reaction to a particular vaccine and there is medical reason why they cant have it. being a religious nutter or listening to some blonde bimbo from mtv shouldnt be an excuse.

    June 19, 2013 at 17:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • vommaWHO

      Do not dictate what other people should do. This makes you no better than the dictators who are attempting to control the population of this world.

      June 20, 2013 at 23:10 | Report abuse |
  14. G.L.

    Here's a novel public policy idea: allow parents to choose which vaccines their children get at any age. There are environmentalist kooks who think whooping cough or measels vaccine gives kids autism, and then there are fundamentalist kooks who think an HPV vaccine will encourage their teens to be sexually active. Is it an extremist point of view to suggest the federal government shouldn't be sticking anyone's kids with a needle without the parent's consent ?? This, however, is the first invoice of the terrible price of socialized medicine... What everydone does with his or her own private health decisions has now become everyone else's monetary interest, and therefore, by extension, everyone else's business.

    There are people on the right and left who don't want the federal government in their bodies. If they had been wearing their thinking caps 3 years ago, they would have known to oppose a comlete federal takeover of the health care sector. My Big Macs, your no-ropes rock climbing, and our neighbor's Friday night bath-house practices are now everyone else's meddling grounds. Welcome to federal health care.

    June 19, 2013 at 17:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • sdfg

      Are you a nut-job or just dumb?

      "I can assure you I am not a nut-job!"

      June 19, 2013 at 17:22 | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      It's a bad idea to let people not give vaccines to their kids just because they don't feel like it. The truth is that no vaccine is 100% effective. Much of the benefit comes from "herd immunity." That is, the people who don't receive immunity from the vaccine itself are protected by the fact that there are so many fewer people that can even pass them the disease in the first place. Increasing vaccine rates yields exponentially greater decrease in disease spread. So if you don't vaccinate your kids, it not just then you're putting at risk. You're also increasing the risk for people who failed to acquire immunity from the vaccine.

      June 19, 2013 at 17:32 | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      The reason vaccines are given at certain ages (and correct me if I am wrong here) is that they tend to have the best effect at those age ranges.

      And by choosing not to vaccinate your children, you are not only drastically increasing the risk of your child being infected, you are also increasing the risk of your child infecting others. As someone else said, no vaccine is 100%, but it does rely on herd immunity by reducing the number of people who are infected. Various viruses have various levels needed to be vaccinated to get the most bang for your buck in the herd immunity. But if your kid catches Whooping cough (which can kill your child) you also risk your child infecting another child whether or not they have the vaccine.

      June 19, 2013 at 17:51 | Report abuse |
    • bob

      great idea! let's just let parents make ALL choices for their kids. If parents want to give their 7 year old cigarettes, booze or heroin, then who is government to say no? if parents want to make their 11 year old commute on the freeway on a 10 speed, with no helmet to their job in the coal mine, who is government to say no? if parents want to sell their 13 year old as a sex slave who is government to say no?

      June 19, 2013 at 17:54 | Report abuse |
    • vommaWHO

      @Shane, Again, there is no such thing as herd immunity with vaccinations. Please do your research. If a child has HPV, it is not because they are sexually active as a child. If your child is sexually active at such a young age, then you have bigger problems. I don't expect a child to pass HPV onto another child at such young ages. Again, you have bigger concerns if you are worrying about such things at that age. One more thing, vaccinations were not administered to the population until well after drop in the systematic diseases. The dramatic drop was more than likely due to sanitation and nutrition practices rather. Please wake up! The vaccinations are simply a means to an end. The eugenics and depopulation efforts continue on today through the use of vaccines.

      June 20, 2013 at 23:07 | Report abuse |
  15. billmosby

    This has got to be encouraging for Michael Douglas.

    June 19, 2013 at 17:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. GI Joe

    The common terminology for this HPV (as described to me by a doctor – neighbor) is "genital warts". And acid is not used. It's a compound a little stronger than Compound W which is used to get rid of warts on your hands. Some folks in the back woods believe warts come from frogs. Guess what - don't kiss that frog. LOL.

    HPV is a virus, plain and simple, and as with any virus can be spread. If a boy/girl has warts on their lip/mouth don't kiss them. A similar examination of the genitalia (male and female) is used to find the symptom. Some of them are precancerous, some are not. But best to have them removed or prevent them than to take a chance.

    June 19, 2013 at 17:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Veetman

      You do know that you can spread HPV when there are no visible symptoms present, right?

      June 19, 2013 at 17:35 | Report abuse |
    • Student

      GI Joe,
      While some strains of HPV appear as genital warts (which are harmless), several others don't have symptoms, and have been found to cause most (if not all) cases of cervical cancer, and are also involved in developing other genital cancers in both men and women. It's easy to avoid contact with someone with genital warts, but most people with HPV will never show any signs of being infected.

      June 19, 2013 at 17:53 | Report abuse |
  17. GI Joe

    Also, your dentist can check your mouth (and probably does every visit) to see if you have any symptoms in your mouth.

    June 19, 2013 at 17:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Steve

    Wow, it's almost like...vaccines....work....

    June 19, 2013 at 17:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • vommaWHO

      Wake up! Do not allow a misleading report to solidify your view or position about a topic. Do your own research and you will find the truth. ... If I take a group of 1000 people, throw 950 of them out of the study because of some complication or irregularity, then between the 50 that are left, I have a percentage because 27 of those 50 teens did not contract HPV. This still may not take into consideration other factors.
      The percentages not reported on here are how many serious side effects and deaths have occurred along with the long term effects including infertility. Until those studies have been performed by an independent party and accurately, those pushing for this vaccine might as well ask the teen to play rush and roulette.

      June 20, 2013 at 22:35 | Report abuse |
  19. captain

    WARING ON VACCINATION... Do a Search on this stuff. Reports are coming out the vaccinations are making girls sterile.

    June 19, 2013 at 17:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shane

      Where is the peer review studies on it?
      What are the percentages of children are infertile?
      What is the percentage of infertile children on average?
      Have other environmental factors been ruled out?

      Without actual facts, your claim is baseless and fearmongering.

      June 19, 2013 at 17:57 | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Basically, you get article where someone claims the vaccine causes sterility because 1 girl suffered premature menopause in some arbitrary time span after receiving the vaccine. Unfortunately, from a statistical perspective, the margin of error on a sample size of 1 is 100%

      June 19, 2013 at 18:11 | Report abuse |
    • vommaWHO

      @Shane, Please provide the audience with the following before stating that something is safe to inject in a child:
      1) Ingredients including amount per toxin
      2) Concrete numbers concluded in the research and study. This includes number of years of research before human trials and during human trials, number of people and other control group inclusions, number of people removed from the study before and after the control group was formed, number of people in the control group that were included in the report vs. the number of people in the control group that were removed due to complications during the study
      3) Number of people injured or died immediately after receiving the vaccination (whether proven linked to the vaccine or not)
      4) Number of people who have reported no health issues since taking the vaccination
      5) Number of people who have since been sexually active and tested positive for HPV vs. not positive
      6) Number of people who have since had no sexual activity and have tested positive for HPV vs. not positive.

      If you are unable to provide such concrete findings to the audience, please go inject yourself with the toxins rather than pushing others to do it.

      June 20, 2013 at 23:00 | Report abuse |
  20. Big_D

    Wasn't it Bachmann that was crying how this was dangerous and it was evil liberals trying this. At least the Tea/GOP is consistent. Consistently wrong about everything.

    June 19, 2013 at 17:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shane

      Pretty much, especially since where she got her information was a woman just prior to her speaking telling her that her child is now mentally handicap because of the vaccine, and she spread that to others without bothering to do the slightest bit of research to see if it was accurate or not.

      If the woman had just told her that aliens had abducted her and made her child mentally handicap would that have meant that Bachman would have went on stage talking about the dangers of alien abductions?

      June 19, 2013 at 17:59 | Report abuse |
    • vommaWHO

      Please do your research and stop allowing other misleading reports to think for you.

      June 20, 2013 at 22:27 | Report abuse |
  21. M.E.

    I got the shots when they first became available. So far they have not caused me to engage in risky sexual behavior or have an above-average number of partners as the detractors claimed they would. Considering I'm married, I don't particularly see an upswing in risky behaviors or additional partners in the future.

    June 19, 2013 at 18:14 | Report abuse | Reply
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  23. JC

    "He suggested that the extra immunity may come from girls who only got one or two doses, or so-called "herd immunity."

    That's not herd immunity. That's a person having enough of an immune response to a partial vaccination to become fully immune. "Herd immunity" is when completely unvaccinated people are protected because enough of those around them ARE vaccinated and immune.

    June 20, 2013 at 09:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • vommaWHO

      There is no such thing as "herd immunity" with vaccinations. Another term used as propaganda to push an alternate agenda.

      June 20, 2013 at 22:24 | Report abuse |
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  25. vommaWHO

    This is complete bull. Do not believe this for a second. Please CDC, show us these numbers which you are basing the 56 percent from? How many of the people who have been vaccinated is the author referring to as part of this 56 percent among teens? Please, do tell!
    It is funny how easily an audience can be swayed by a percentage. Again, do not believe this for a moment. Open your eyes!
    The dramatic decline of the systematic diseases which vaccines claimed to have magically dropped before being administered to the population? |
    How about the cure rates of Cancer when using toxins such as chemotherapy?
    Along with the exact fuzzy math and calculations, please include how many teenagers suffered horrific side effects and death from the HPV vaccination? Please tell us the long term effects to include infertility among patients? What do those percentages look like?
    People of the world, do your homework. Do NOT let someone else think for you. Think for yourself!

    June 20, 2013 at 22:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike

      I'm a dude, i got the vaccine, no side effects. You can have a 56% decline this year compared to last, do you even know how math works? You don't 56% to be vaccinated to have such a steep decline. % of people with side effects that are terrible from vaccines are most likely below 5%. I assume you are against vaccines, please volunteer yourself as a human target for the army.

      June 20, 2013 at 22:42 | Report abuse |
    • vommaWHO

      @Mike, please familiarize yourself with how research is completed and studies are concluded before making such naïve statements.

      June 20, 2013 at 22:48 | Report abuse |
  26. talla ramakrishna

    HPV vaccine decrease genital warts and some cancers in 56 percent among American teen girls. The vaccine was introduced in 2006, the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, said on Wednesday June 20th, 2013

    In a new study published in June by the government health agency that the HPV vaccine reduces 11.5 percent by 2010 for 14 to 19 years old girls. According to Dr. Tom Friden, CDC director said that this type of vaccine need to increase its rates because it prevents cancer from girls.

    June 21, 2013 at 15:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. CJG

    Good to hear the vaccine is working. I plan to have it administered to my son once he is old enough to receive it.

    To those anti-vaxers who label themselves "independent thinkers" and suggest that I "do my own research", I am a scientist who helps make medicines. I assure you that I have done the research, read the papers, understood them and think you are all liars or ignorant.

    It doesn't take a religious nut pushing creationism in public schools to be anti-science. You can be a hippie-nut that rather their children suffer the natural way and be anti-science just fine.

    June 24, 2013 at 10:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Truth_In_Data

    Table 3 in the actual report in the Journal of Infectious Diseases shows that yes vaccinated girls have 1/2 the rates of the 4 vaccine types of HPV, but they have double the rates of HIGH RISK types RELATED to HPV-16 and HPV-18!! While not supplied in the news article, I think that is an interesting and important finding in the CDC report.

    June 28, 2013 at 11:50 | Report abuse | Reply
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