Teen girls still skipping HPV vaccine
July 25th, 2013
03:25 PM ET

Teen girls still skipping HPV vaccine

Nearly half of all adolescent girls are still skipping the recommended HPV vaccine, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC report shows that the human papillomavirus vaccination rates for this group remained relatively unchanged for 2012, with 53.8% of teen girls receiving one dose of the vaccine and only 33.4% completing the three dose series. The numbers mirror percentages from 2011, when 53% of adolescent girls received one dose of the HPV vaccine and 34.8% completed the series.

The CDC previously attributed these low vaccination rates in part to the inadequate number of encounters with healthcare providers. However, new reports have shown that 84% of un-vaccinated girls have visited a doctor or other provider's office, where they have received other vaccinations but did not receive the HPV vaccine. The report suggests that coverage could be as high as 92.6% if the HPV vaccination had been initiated during these visits.

The HPV vaccine is currently recommended for both girls and boys at age 11 or 12 and is given over the course of six months. However, many parents choose not to vaccinate their children, citing a lack of sexual activity, among other reasons.

“Parents need reassurance that the HPV vaccine is recommended at 11 or 12 because it should be given well in advance of any sexual activity,” CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden has said in the past. “We don’t wait for exposure to occur before we vaccinate with any other routinely recommended vaccine.”

HPV rates down more than expected

Frieden also said that health care providers are not doing enough to promote vaccination and that physicians should recommend this vaccine just as they recommend others.

Nearly 26,200 HPV-related cancers occur in the United States every year, affecting both sexes, according to the CDC. Cervical cancer and oropharyngeal cancer account for the most prevalent HPV-related cancers in females and males, respectively. The HPV vaccine protects against the virus that causes 70% of cervical cancers.

The CDC is disappointed with the low number of girls getting vaccinated, as well as the relatively small percentage of girls who are completing the recommended three doses.

“Finishing the series is critical,” said Patsy Stinchfield, director of Infectious Disease and Immunology at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. “This vaccine is not fully effective unless you complete all three doses.”

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  1. John V

    This will take time and it will probably need more than one generation to achieve anywhere near the desired rates. Nobody likes to get shots and many parents are understandably wobbly-kneed when you start talking about their 10 year old daughter's looming sexual activity.
    To bring large volumes of willing vaccinees to the doctor's office or clinic will take large volumes of data showing undeniable effectiveness, and a considerable number of tragic, preventable deaths.

    July 25, 2013 at 20:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bart Fargo

      "To bring large volumes of willing vaccinees to the doctor's office or clinic will take large volumes of data showing undeniable effectiveness, and a considerable number of tragic, preventable deaths."

      We have that already, and apparently it's still not enough.

      July 25, 2013 at 20:12 | Report abuse |
    • Ostritch time, pretend that teens will not have sex

      John V – when it is somebody that you know who gets cancer, then some tears will fall with the realization that maybe the cancer could have been prevented.

      July 25, 2013 at 22:53 | Report abuse |
    • Ignominious

      Perhaps there is a reason the doctors aren't recommending this vaccine.

      July 25, 2013 at 23:06 | Report abuse |
    • sageplant

      Maybe they are not doing it because not all vaccines are really good for you. Maybe people are smart.
      Here's a worth while read...http://southweb.org/lifewise/the-lead-vaccine-developer-comes-clean-so-she-can-sleep-at-night-gardasil-and-cervarix-dont-work-are-dangerous-and-werent-tested/

      July 26, 2013 at 00:19 | Report abuse |
    • gardasilnews

      It is far more likley that girls are not getting the vaccine as they have learned of the deaths and the over 30,000 injured. The CDC knows this, so does the FDA and they do nothing! truthaboutgardasil.org for some truth as to what is happening to our kids!

      July 26, 2013 at 10:39 | Report abuse |
    • rh

      It's an optional vaccine, and it is most applicable in situations where children are not supervised and not talking with responsible adults about how to handle their life.

      My 9 year old has been offered the shot, and my 16 year old decided to get it this year. I still have seen NO studies on how efficacious it is when given at age 16 or 18, versus 10 or 12. I believe they are marketing this HEAVILY to pre-teens because they are marketing purely to parents, and they know that college students and young 20-somethings will not get proper healthcare (or maybe not have insurance).

      All about the money, and nothing about what is best for kids.

      July 26, 2013 at 11:03 | Report abuse |
  2. my kids got the vaccine

    A lot of insurances still don't cover this vaccine. Mine didn't. So I took my kids to the local County Health Dept and paid for it myself. It was not expensive at all ($7 I believe, plus $20 for the office visit). Well worth the time and money.

    July 25, 2013 at 20:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ostritch time, pretend that teens will not have sex

      Good for you.

      July 25, 2013 at 22:54 | Report abuse |
    • An epidemiologist

      @My kids got the vaccine,
      That is awesome! Yea public health! This is how vaccines get to the people who want and need them! Each health department also provides lots of services for free or as reduced fee, such as lead (Pb) testing for high blood levels, free car seat fittings and checks, free home safety inspections for families to make sure infants and toddlers have a safe, controlled play area in their house, and tons of other educational programs and often services at reduced price, including well water testing. Sorry, I just love public health!

      July 25, 2013 at 23:46 | Report abuse |
  3. Diane S

    I have a 13 year old and opted out because there is no data regarding long term side effects of the vaccine, or at least nothing provided by the physician. There are even some claims of extreme personality changes after receiving the vaccine. That's not even mentioned in this article. It will take time and more data for parents to feel comfortable with the vaccine series.

    July 25, 2013 at 20:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Laura

      I agree

      July 25, 2013 at 20:43 | Report abuse |
    • Alice

      Me too

      July 25, 2013 at 21:36 | Report abuse |
    • theala

      There are few if any long term risks to the use of this vaccine. It was in clinical trials for a long time before approval.

      Lack of long term data certainly justifies not mandating this vaccine, but is not an argument against actually getting it.

      Claims of personality changes are unsupported by the evidence; just a trumped up charge from the vaccine denier crowd.

      July 25, 2013 at 22:11 | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      I totally agree I've heard about horrible side effects. My three daughters won't be getting it anytime soon.

      July 25, 2013 at 22:43 | Report abuse |
    • why why why

      I texted Carlos Danger about it, just waiting to hear back

      July 25, 2013 at 22:44 | Report abuse |
    • Ostritch time, pretend that teens will not have sex

      For a 13 year girl, you seem to be very articulate. That said when opt out and say that you want to wait for more evidence, you have made a decision that probably cannot be reversed. The simple fact is that you will probably get HIV infection in the next few years and then you cannot get the vaccine. I wish you well.

      July 25, 2013 at 22:58 | Report abuse |
    • gladr

      Changes in personality in a teenage girl? Wow. And it must be the vaccine. LOL

      July 25, 2013 at 23:00 | Report abuse |
    • csiko

      Those personality changes are called puberty.

      It's pretty stupid to associate them with a vaccine.

      July 25, 2013 at 23:05 | Report abuse |
    • sandy

      No side effects, no matter how horrible, would be worse than dying from a preventable cancer. Both my daughters received the vaccine and had no side effects whatsoever. This is just anecdotal evidence, of course, but it makes at least as much sense as believing scary reports from unsubstantiated sources.

      The worst thing about the vaccine is how hard it is to make sure your kids get it. It takes three separate injections spaced at correct intervals.

      July 26, 2013 at 02:55 | Report abuse |
    • gardasilnews

      Smart choice, this vaccine almost killed my daughter!

      July 26, 2013 at 10:41 | Report abuse |
    • gardasilnews

      @theala- you could not be more misinformed and you comment shows that, Girls died in clinical trials, so far 140 deaths have been reported to VAERS and that is 1-10% of the actual numbers. I have spoke to 100s of girls that are very sick after this vaccine , one being my daughter. so dont spew your garbage until you know the facts. I am tired of reading from people who think they actually know something about this. I have researched it for 2 yrs trying to keep my daughter alive, This is one vaccine that can and has killed innocent children. Look up Diane Harper (leading researcher) see what she has to say, then google gardasil deaths, go to truthaboutgardasil.org you will see many faces and stories there of girls that are gone after gardasil. And just in case you you are about to reply with you _"IM SURE YOU ARE ANTI-VAX crap, no I am not I obviously followed the recommended schedule and now am living to regret it.,Merck, the CDC and FDA should be ashamed of themselves they have been told 1000s of times out kids are sick, there is no damn cure either. We get pushed away from all of them and even most doctors.

      July 26, 2013 at 10:49 | Report abuse |
    • MJ

      I got the first vaccine. I can't say for certain that the way I felt after getting it was from the vaccine, but it sure as crap was enough to stop me from getting the second two vaccinations. I never want to feel the way I did again. I was 8 hours away at college and there were a couple of days i called my mother crying because I just felt so off (lethargic, in a haze, stiff and achey joints, etc). I started to keep a journal of all my activities and what I felt like each day. There was no reason for me to feel fine one day and to feel so awful the next. That was going on right about the time my mom saw a report on TV about the vaccination and all the side effects and that the long term effects really weren't known. All my symptoms disappeared before I returned home to see my doctor. I never followed up on it- figured I had some weird virus that lasted really long or it was a reaction to the vaccination. Either way I don't regret not finishing the series of vaccinations. It is not worth the risk of feeling like that ever again.

      July 26, 2013 at 21:49 | Report abuse |
  4. Common Sense

    The HPV vaccine is banned in Britian and many European countries because of many deaths caused by it.Any idiot that gets it either male or female wouldn't ig they knew the side effects.And how it was pushed through the FDA without proper testing.

    July 25, 2013 at 20:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • James Milne

      You've got to be joking. Where did you see that A) this vaccine was "banned" and B) That there was even a single death attributed to it. Please don't spew this garbage if you don't understand what you're talking about.

      July 25, 2013 at 20:50 | Report abuse |
    • theala

      The vaccine is not banned, and no deaths have been attributed to it anywhere.

      Some countries no longer permit advertising for it. That's it. The anti-vaccine crowd likes to mix reports of adverse effects and tie them to vaccines when in fact there is no evidence the vaccine caused the adverse effect in the patient (in other words, there have been cases where a girl committed suicide, had recently gotten vaccinated, and the death was reported to VAERS and the anti vac crowd immediately concludes the vaccine is at fault).

      July 25, 2013 at 22:19 | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    Omg! U posters r idiots! If u ever had to deal with oropharyngeal cancer u would run out right now and get your sons vaccinated all 3x. It is a miserable existence to have throat cancer and then your son dies! Don't b like the idiots that think vaccines cause autism! Educate yourself!

    July 25, 2013 at 20:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. denise

    It only covers 2 of the 40 types of HPV. Most people who get HPV do not get the kind that later can turn into cervical cancer.
    Here is what the CDC says: Most people with HPV never develop symptoms or health problems. Most HPV infections (90%) go away by themselves within two years. So is it really worth getting the vaccine, especially when you have heard of many bad reactions to it.

    July 25, 2013 at 20:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • James Milne

      Gardasil covers 4 strains of HPV. 2 of the strains covered cause 70% of cervical cancer, and the other 2 cause 90% of genital warts. The ones not covered are relatively benign. We have a wealth of data worldwide demonstrating that there are no serious adverse effects of HPV vaccination (Over 40 million people vaccinated).

      Where are you people getting your information?

      July 25, 2013 at 20:58 | Report abuse |
    • theala

      There are forty plus some variants of HPV. It is the first identified STD (first identified in 25 AD). Some cause cervical cancer, but not genital warts. Some cause genital warts, but not cervical cancer. Gardasil protects against six or so of the most common variants that cause either cervical cancer or genital warts.

      Side effects are few, mostly a feeling of "ick" for a few days: malaise, lethargy, irritation at the injection site. That's it.

      There is EVERY reason for kids 11+ (boys included) to get this vaccine.

      July 25, 2013 at 22:21 | Report abuse |
    • gardasilnews

      @theala WRONG again, Gardasil protects against 4 hpv, not 6 and here are some facts. 70 % of people clear hpv in one year, 90% clear an hpv with in 2 years. Cervical cancer rates are low- it is not an epidemic and with a pap smear YEARLY it is very curable. The CDC has stated HPV DOES NOT LEAD to Cervical cancer! hmmm interesting isnt it???? Also if you have an hpv and get Gardasil you have increased your chances of cancer by 44.6 %. In clinical studies over 73% who got the vaccine ended up with a NEW Medical condition and it was not THEY FELT ICKY, the have seizures, vomiting, auto-immune disorders, hair falling out, vomiting, paralysis, extreme joint and muscle pain, migraines, brain fog, ovarian cysts, 64 now after the vaccine have beend diag with cervcal cancer and some of these girls are 11 and 12- HOW do you explain this???

      July 26, 2013 at 10:54 | Report abuse |
  7. Liam

    It is a distinct possibility that you can drop dead within an hour or so from the HPV vaccine. Positive acquisition of HPV does not mean that you will get cancer, in fact, it is still hugely unlikely that infected people ever will. Cervical cancer is one of the most easily treatable cancers, and, assuming regular gyno visits take place, it is also one of the most easily detectable.

    July 25, 2013 at 20:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • James Milne

      The likelihood of dropping dead an hour or so after getting this vaccine is the same as the likelihood of dropping dead an hour after eating a jelly doughnut (and probably less). There is absolutely no connection between this vaccine and sudden death. And while it's true that the majority of HPV infections won't result in cancer, and that most of them are detected with adequate screening, there is still serious risk of cervical cancer. Any cervical excision puts a woman at risk for cervical insufficiency in the third trimester of pregnancy (losing the baby because the cervix isn't strong enough), and the possibility of cancer spreading.

      Why not just get 3 little shots? Not doing so is ridiculous.

      July 25, 2013 at 20:55 | Report abuse |
    • Ursula

      James, you clearly don't have a clue what you're talking about. Because, you see, there HAVE been girls that dropped dead within hours or days after getting the vaccine. Why don't you actually check the VAERS records. Even though they themselves admit that only about 1 – 10% of adverse events ever get reported (because usually doctors claim it is only a coincidence, even though it is obvious, and way too many 'coincidences), there still are many reports of deaths, hospitalizations and permanent damage, including complete disability caused by this vaccine.

      July 25, 2013 at 22:58 | Report abuse |
    • gardasilnews

      @James Perhaps you should spend some time going through the VAERS reports. you will find many many kids who died within HOURS of this vaccine!!!

      July 26, 2013 at 10:56 | Report abuse |
  8. chuck

    what is this place? UC Berkley campus

    July 25, 2013 at 20:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Loki

    a co-worker said he would not allow his daughter to have this–if she were a good girl this would not be a problem–didn't seem to accept that even if she had sex with only one man, he could be the one to infect her–very sad

    July 25, 2013 at 20:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jasmine

      I agree with the co-worker, if our society wasn't so secular, and we actually got back to good morale values, maybe this would be an issue. I am sick of people taking GOD out of the equation. There are guidelines in the Bible to follow for your life. If more people did this, the less issues we would have with STD's, Murder, etc.

      July 26, 2013 at 13:24 | Report abuse |
  10. Nadean M

    My daughter had a horrible reaction to her 1st dose and wound up in the ER. Needless to say, we did NOT complete the series of vaccinations. Since her experience I have had many other mothers tell me their daughters had similar experiences.

    July 25, 2013 at 20:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Adam

      I have a friend who's mother's uncle's aunt, yadda yadda. Since every on here has been shooting down the ridiculous comments with facts defending this vaccine now we hear from the person who had a family member that had a reaction and knows MANY people that have had the same problem....right....

      July 25, 2013 at 21:11 | Report abuse |
    • theala

      What is "horrible?" A fever and feeling like crap? A lot of parents take their kids to the ER for less. I know, having worked in the ER.

      If there really was a bad reaction, it was an outlier. Sure, she probably shouldn't finish the series. But given Gardasil's safety record, there is no reason for other kids to avoid this vaccine.

      July 25, 2013 at 22:24 | Report abuse |
  11. Arick

    I'm not saying that all vaccines are safe, but it is a fact that vaccinations, in general, have saved millions of lives. Diseases have been eradicated due to vaccines.

    July 25, 2013 at 21:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • joe

      Only one disease has been eradicated: smallpox.

      July 25, 2013 at 22:30 | Report abuse |
    • Ostritch time, pretend that teens will not have sex

      Polio would be too except for religious fanatics who are killing people trying to vaccinate against it.

      July 25, 2013 at 23:04 | Report abuse |
  12. Howdy1836

    I had my son get the HPV vaccines when he was 8. The interesting thing is he used to get warts all the time. He no longer gets them. I asked the doctor to see if any studies have been published about using it as a regular form of wart control and he replied that he has not heard of any.

    July 25, 2013 at 21:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • theala

      Regular warts ARE caused by a virus. Interesting report; worthy of study at some point.

      July 25, 2013 at 22:24 | Report abuse |
  13. mommytoane

    My daughter will not be recieveing this vaccination. Its well written in her medical charts she won't be either. I'm a full believer in other vaccinations, but I won't be doing this one.

    July 25, 2013 at 21:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. sad

    Who is driving the HPV epidemic? Oh, that's right. BOYS. So why is this article blaming girls? Hmmmm? Double standards once again.
    No vaccine is without risk. A couple that is monogamous (for life) will never need this shot. Since HPV is not contagious unless you have sex with someone, this is a vaccine that can be left to personal choice. And stop blaming parents and accusing them of having "fear that the vaccine will cause sexual activity" because that is pure, unadulterated BS.

    July 25, 2013 at 21:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. L.

    Both of my nieces had a reaction to this vaccine. I won't let my daughters get it.

    July 25, 2013 at 21:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. cowtown

    Why are we not vaccinating boys? They spread it! Another example of how we put all sexual responsibility on women and girls. It is so backward.

    BTW. A good little church virgin could get HPV on her wedding night.

    July 25, 2013 at 21:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • John V

      A completely reasonable question. They probably should be vaccinated. Of course it will be the females who bear the consequences so I suppose it's also reasonable to focus on them first. Women are usually more thoughtful and compliant when it comes to health care issues which may be another reason to look to them initially.
      In any case, I think you're correct.

      July 25, 2013 at 22:14 | Report abuse |
    • The Left Wing

      It took more time but "The HPV vaccine is currently recommended for both girls and boys at age 11 or 12". Michael Douglas speaking about his oral cancer will get the attention of some men.

      July 25, 2013 at 22:25 | Report abuse |
    • theala

      Vaccination for boys is now recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics: boys can get HPV as well as spread it.

      Genital warts can get into the urethra and cause obstructions. Very nasty; google some pictures.

      July 25, 2013 at 22:26 | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I had both of my boys take the shots so they can enjoy orally preforming on a woman when they are older. Let be honest, we have all done it. Michael Douglas had a great time, unfortunately he ate some bad tuna. Both boys and girls should take it. By the way, my older son's planters warts went away after the 3 shots.

      July 25, 2013 at 22:51 | Report abuse |
    • Mom of 3

      Both of my teen boys were vaccinated with Gardasil almost 3 yrs ago. At the time, it was encouraged but not recommended by the CDC that boys be vac'd so I paid out of pocket – about $400. DD received the cervarix vaccine at the same time (and was covered by insurance.)

      Our family doctor said that research suggests that Cervarix provides better coverage against the strains of HPV that are most known to cause cervical and oral cancers because the immunity provided by cervarix lasts longer than the immunity provided by gardasil. OTOH, Gardasil covers more strains of HPV thus providing superior coverage against genital warts. She recommends that girls be vaccinated with cervarix and boys with gardasil to provide optimal coverage for both. Some studies also suggest that there is some cross-immunity with non-covered strains of HPV by both vaccines. After my own research, I concurred. The only side effect my children had was soreness at the injection site.

      July 26, 2013 at 09:49 | Report abuse |
  17. L.D.

    Please at least discuss this issue with your child's physician. I did not have my kids get the shot, for the same reasons cited by others. But several months ago my husband was diagnosed with HPV-related cancer. No unusual risk factors, very healthy guy, just bad luck. We've watched him endure two very difficult surgeries, chemo and radiation. It has been truly horrible. As a result of what we've seen, all of my kids will get the shot in a few weeks. Everyone needs to make his/her own decision but please make an informed one – talk with your kids' physician.

    July 25, 2013 at 22:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. tessie may

    It's no use. The Big Pharma conspiracists are out in force. The government is behind it all, mark my words. My 2nd cousin's aunt got a rash so that proves it's bad. If I don't give it to them, they won't have sex. My pastor says if they get it from sex, they deserve it. The ones that really get me are the numerous claims that they DID get 1 of the shots and something horrible happened. No it didn't.

    July 25, 2013 at 22:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • joe

      Wow. Pretty broad statement. I don't know that much about Gardisil, but as a healthcare provider I had several young girls come in to see me for treatment who complained of the side effects of Gardisil. Childish comments like yours add nothing to the discussion.

      July 25, 2013 at 22:25 | Report abuse |
    • Nadean M

      pretty bold comment that nothing happened. it must be nice to be all-knowing. can I send you my daughter's ER bills? did you see her laying on the floor unconscious? were you there when she was released from the ER then immediately readmitted? Yes, something really did happen after her 1st shot. don't talk about things that you don't know about. how ignorant to think that there are a bunch of us parents out here making up this info.

      July 25, 2013 at 22:40 | Report abuse |
  19. allenwoll

    Natural selection at work !

    July 25, 2013 at 22:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. joe

    I'm not sure where your getting your statistics, but if you google the Discover Magazine article from 2011 it breaks down why most of Mercks findings are B.S.

    July 25, 2013 at 22:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Ostritch time, pretend that teens will not have sex

    "Teen girls still skipping HPV vaccine"

    Really sad because some of them will get and die from cancer that could have been avoided. Same thing for some boy too. If HPV was not somehow related to sex, my guess is that it would be much better received. Too many parents believe that somehow this vaccine will cause teenagers to have more sex. News flash; teens will have sex no matter if they get vaccine or not, except now they will get a disease that might cause cancers.

    July 25, 2013 at 22:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Anna

    What a lie this vaccine is! Most of the people who have HPV don't develop any cancer if their immune system is healthy! I can't believe CNN would publish this article. It's all about making money for the vaccine manufacturer and the doctors. They, obviously, are willing to overlook the side effects and other unknown health consequences and support this lie.

    July 25, 2013 at 22:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Teri

    Mine probably won't be getting it until she is grown and can make the decision herself. I don't want her to be a guinea pig to the pharmaceutical industry and as far as I'm concerned, this hasn't been tested enough for me to feel comfortable with it. Her doc has a daughter 2 years older and she has not had the shot, either. Mine is currently 13. If she decides at age 15 or 16 that she wants it, then I will probably relent. But, it will be up to her. I'm just wary of it since it is still relatively new. The more years that I can put between it's introduction and my daugther receiving it, the better I'll feel about it. Part of this has to do with the fact that many women in my family have had reactions to various drugs and vaccinations. So, it isn't just an irrational fear because it is STD related.

    July 25, 2013 at 23:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Billy Bates

    blame religion, they didnt want this at all

    July 25, 2013 at 23:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Joe Brunner

    Somebody call Michael Douglas...

    He has work to do... Once these HPV positive girls turn 18 they'll be inflicting HPV, Oral Cancer and Throat Cancer on all the men that go down on them...

    July 25, 2013 at 23:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bankrupt due to student loans

      they get it from men.

      July 26, 2013 at 03:40 | Report abuse |
    • That Guy

      And where did the men get it from?

      July 26, 2013 at 05:07 | Report abuse |
  26. JLS639

    While I am no fan of Rick Perry, his mandate that all adolescents in Texas get HPV vaccine was right on. We need more governors to do that.

    July 26, 2013 at 00:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Sparrow

    Cervical cancer is a terrible way to die. Even if you don't die from it, the treatment is painful at best and may make it difficult to carry a child to term. Doesn't matter if your daughter saves it all for marriage either; if her husband didn't, she is STILL at risk.

    July 26, 2013 at 00:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Dan

    This isn't now nor has it ever been about protecting children, it has always been about lining the pockets of the drug manufacturers. This will be another one of those absolutely sickening stories in about 10-20 years where hundreds of thousands of people are suffering some horrid side effect and low and behold, with this one since it rates as an immunization the pharmaceutical company can not be sued.

    Simple point. If you give your child this shot you might protect them from HPV and some cancer they might have gotten. You are definitely opening them up for possible side effects of the drug and you are in effect telling them,"now you are protected, go have fun" when the level of protection is questionable at best. If you as a parent raise your child with morals then they are 100% protected from HPV and all other STDs and they won't mess their life up with a series of worthless hormone driven one night stands, and they won't risk any side effect of this drug. The choice is pretty obvious as to which is a healthier life style.

    July 26, 2013 at 00:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jenn

      Why would this tell them "Go have sex, you're protected!" I told my daughter it was a vaccine to protect her from a virus that causes cervical cancer. I never once mentioned that it was to keep her safe from the virus if she has sex.

      July 26, 2013 at 01:58 | Report abuse |
  29. Treating symptoms - not the REAL issue

    Here's a thought – take the money that the pharmaceutical company is complaining it is loosing daily by NOT having docs push it and use that to increase sex education in schools, churches, health clinics, anywhere there are adults and children together. Teach them about abstinence, loyalty, peer manipulation, sex abuse and making better decisions about their future and health. The rampant, unfettered sexual freedom that is being experienced by the next generations' will impact all of us financially in the future. Putting a Band-Aid on a zit, just covers it up, it doesn't cure the acne.

    July 26, 2013 at 01:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jasmine

      I agree, we need to get back to good morale values. Stop placing monies where they just support immoral behavior

      July 26, 2013 at 13:27 | Report abuse |
  30. Worth a read to doubters


    July 26, 2013 at 01:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Skeptic

    Why is the health care worker in the photo NOT wearing gloves while administering the vaccination?
    Do universal precautions not apply in this case? Could a dysfunctional healthcare delivery system be
    part of the reason why teens and their parents are not flocking to this latest intervention? Hmmmm....

    July 26, 2013 at 02:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. LynnethAnn

    Even a woman who helped create this vaccine has spoken about its dangers several times:

    You can find several of these interviews online.

    July 26, 2013 at 02:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. ivy

    Cancer is tragic but you don't solve it or fix it with a broken harmful vaccine. Vaccines should NEVER be mandatory only offered. I met a mother who allowed her 13 yr old daughter to get it and the child ended up almost dead on a ventilator, paralyzed and could not see. They almost lost her and it took them over a year to get her functional and she is still in therapy. So tell me exactly how that is so much better than cancer? I am sure he parents and child who was almost killed think it was not worth it. Play the game of roulette either way by taking it or not. Just be content with whatever outcome you get. And please stop saying how safe the vaccines are we know they re not. This is why the govt tacks on $ to the vaccines for payouts to families of those kids with injuries and deaths. They ( injuries and deaths) are expected and they do not deny they happen...they can't anymore. I read about a vaccine manufacturer who was questioned about a lot of vaccines (cannot remember the vaccine) that were causing an alarming number of deaths. The person asked if they were going to pull the batch from the market, the legalized drug pusher...vaccine manufacturer stated there was not enough injuries to do so. The count was at 13 dead...so just how many have to die or be injured to take a unsafe batch off the market??

    Now that I have everyone on my side! LOL I know this may seem old fashioned but we could teach our kids to have some semblance of self control and not have sex with every gal or guy pal they date..how about abstinence? GASP not that they's never do that. They have no self control! Well maybe more parents should emulate it and their kids would follow suit. Stop exposing ourselves to sex saturated stuff and maybe they could better control their desires. Really people self control is not a four letter word!

    July 26, 2013 at 03:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Skeptical

    My niece got it and was stricken with guillane barre syndrome. Partial paralysis, long term side effects. She had to drop out of college for a semester. Scary time. Not worth the risk at this time.

    July 26, 2013 at 03:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bankrupt due to student loans

      never heard about that one. personally, i don't think it should be forced on anyone.

      July 26, 2013 at 03:37 | Report abuse |
  35. bankrupt due to student loans

    i would finish that one. if you get it, they burn the skin off of your entire private area with acid. no joke. they burn the skin off.

    July 26, 2013 at 03:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. lerianis

    Perhaps it is just time to mandate that it is a part of the normal series of vaccinations? HPV is a serious disease, it has been linked to cancer and other nasty stuff, plus it is NOT totally sexually transmitted, contrary to what the conservatives would like you to believe.

    July 26, 2013 at 04:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. candros

    wait until this first group of teenagers hits child bearing years. this vaccination is the scary.

    July 26, 2013 at 05:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Justine

    I skipped out on the vaccine when I was 16 (I am now 19), and would you like to know why? Mainly, because I am not in the target risk group, but also, this vaccine is so new, that long-term effects haven't been determined yet. Some people say they have but it hasn't been tested 30 years out. Not only that, but the amount of girls who pass out either from a bad reaction or the pure pain of the injection is incredibly high. Many of my friends who have gotten the injection say it is the worst thing they have ever experienced. No one wants to go in for a second round because it hurts so badly that they don't want to experience it again

    July 26, 2013 at 05:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. rb1948


    "parents choose not to vaccinate their children, citing a lack of sexual activity".

    Those would be the parents with their heads buried in the sand.

    July 26, 2013 at 05:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Parent

    How many of the adults posting here have gotten the HPV virus themself, and developed cancer from it. I have not allowed my daughters to have it because I have an unsettling feeling probably from lack of data. They receive other vaccines so I am not opposed to prevention. Their doctor is always surprised that I say no but I have found very few adults that know if they have HPV and of the few that have the virus They have not developed cancer. I know more people with other cancers, STDs even HIV than cancer from HPV?????? The doctor did say she has girls do have reactions and that is why she has them lay down when she gives the vaccine in case they pass out or get dizzy. I think I'm opting out for now

    July 26, 2013 at 05:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Debdoub

      Let me raise my hand! Well, I was never tested for HPV but my doctors assumed I had had it at some point. I found out I had cervical cancer when I was pregnant with my second child and had a hysterectomy after she was born.

      Two teenage daughters – neither has had the shots. They understand the risks, and they understand how they can help mitigate them. They know what I went through and still don't want the shots.

      July 26, 2013 at 16:15 | Report abuse |
  41. Parent

    May I ask if any of you have developed cancer from HPV? Do you know many people that have?

    July 26, 2013 at 05:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. drue hartwell

    And no one thought Thalidomide would have any consequences either. Or DDT. Oh, how about Roundup? Vaccines for a 'disease' that I personally have never known a single person to have, is absurd. And being 59 years old, I know a lot of people who had a lot of sex for a lot of years. No one knows the extended consequences of this vaccine. My daughter will never take anything that even remotely relates to her reproduction. This is just another con of the corporatocracy.

    July 26, 2013 at 06:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Realityblowz

    Did not get this for my kids. I will wait for the deaths from this drug to start occuring as the pharmacutical companies make their millions from injecting this into kids bloodstreams. Kind of like those acne shots that were given out in the 80's that were deemed safe, and now these adults are dying from sepsis as their colon turns paper thin. Already happened to a friend of mine.

    July 26, 2013 at 06:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. MOm

    Our daughter received one dose of this vaccine and has been sick for 3 1/2years. The Mayo Clinic confirmed with us that the shot caused damage to her autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. So now her digestion, blood pressure, vision, reproductive and all other functions within this system are damaged. She has been so sick for all these years. The CDC fast tracked this vaccine prior to doing the appropriate testing and now there are thousands upon thousands of young people sick, and sadly, dead, because of this vaccine. Do your research parents and then make your decision. I sure wish we had.

    July 26, 2013 at 06:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Taysha

    See, the problem of claiming "only a vaccine can save you from cancer!" is very simple:

    – cervical cancer takes years to develop. A yearly pap smear is still the best detection method known. Simple as a dab of vinegar and the cells can be removed early on and monitored. Encouraging yearly Pap smears is probably much more helpful than encouraging "you're protected" themes.

    – vaccines are awesome. The ones that work target a very specific virus with low mutation rates. The ones that don't work well (flu, comes to mind) have to be redone yearly for a new virus. There are over 40 strains of HPV capable of causing cancer. This vaccine covers 4. Yes, it covers the most predominant ones, but not ALL. SIX are known to cause cancer. You still need to resort to pap smears yearly to make sure you're ok, vaccine or not.

    – There is now epidemiology data of a strain shift. That is, the strains not covered by the vaccine are climbing in percentages of causing cancers (obviously, because the other strains are being blocked by the vaccine). So HPV-driven cervical cancer is still happening.

    – VAERS. Lots and lots of VAERS.

    Vaccine + safety + yearly paps = safety + yearly paps. It's pretty even right now.

    July 26, 2013 at 08:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. EastCoast trapped Inland

    Conveniently, the artcile completely left out all the issues surrounding this particular vaccine, and why many parents are refusing it for their children. My children are much too young for it at this time, but I received the vaccine myself. I suffered no ill effects from this vaccine. However, I know two different young women who also received the vaccine, and now have permament damage done to their bodies. The doctors in both cases confirmed that it was the vaccine which caused these issues. I find the odds a little scary considering I know two different people suffering from life-long side effects of this vaccine. I'm pro-vaccine, but this one, in particular, leaves me questioning not only it's effectiveness, but it's safety as well.

    July 26, 2013 at 08:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Kizzy

    I was going to leave this board without saying something and then I thought to myself why? I will say that I have read all the post and after reading I will say that it is clearly up to you to vaccinate or no to vaccinate. Being a mother of four daughters I can say that I have taken into consideration that all my girls won't be angels and may not wait till marriage and that's just reality however, I can say that from what I have read it seems that the people that are against this vaccine are the ones that have had bad reaction to it and that is clearly your choice. For me having dealt with HPV for a year was the scariest moment in my life the second fear was the thought of them maybe telling me that I had cancer (really would have been to much for myself and my family to handle). Any type of cancer is serious my husband has just been diagnosed with Sarcoma Cancer and we have no idea of how and why? However, I will say that my oldest daughter received the shots and had no problems thank God, and my other daughters will get it as well and it is clearly by choice. The simple question is why not save our children from something that is preventable? Now back to vaccines the only one thus far that I can say that I am against is the "Flu Shot" only because when my girls were younger three of them received it and all three became very sick from it as well so from that moment on we have opted out from the "Flu Shot". So all of this is to say do what you feel is best for your children and no one can make that decision but you as the parent because believe me Cancer has an ugly face and no one wants to see it.

    July 26, 2013 at 10:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Rick


    There is no way I would ever allow one of my family to get something to prevent something else which was not the norm until government and corporations started messing around with stuf.

    July 26, 2013 at 10:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Mom of 3

    My 3 children were vaccinated. The boys were vaccinated with Gardasil, our daughter with Cervarix. They did all have some minor local reactions/side effects. Two had mild swelling and redness at the injection site on one or more of the 3 vaccinations. All 3 experienced some muscle pain similar to that experienced with the flu or tetanus vaccines. Nothing worth skipping the vaccine over.

    That said, our youngest son had a significant reaction his last MMR vaccination at 5 years. His entire thigh swelled. He had a knot about the size of a golfball on the thigh and complained of pain for almost a week. He also had significant redness (entire front and sides of the thigh) and the thigh was hot to the touch. It took two weeks for the reaction to fully clear with the aid of zyrtec, prednisone, and ibuprofin. If that had not been his last vaccine in the series, we would NOT have given the final vaccine. If any of my children had experienced a similar reaction with gardasil/cervarix, I would not have completed the series.

    July 26, 2013 at 10:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Gregg

    I am sure the makers of the vaccine are pushing doctors to recommend it more.

    99% of the time these things are about money. I do not blame parents for being cautious.
    It's not like our corporations and Govt. (actually one in the same) are honest and trustworthy!
    Another certainty, if an when long term studies reveal this vaccine has very dangerous side effects the drug companies and Dr.'s will simply apologize and move on to the next money making drug.

    PS: I don't care if it is covered by insurance or not. Most of us are being gouged already by insurance premiums. If the Drug Mfg. takes the money from the insurance company you can bet your life the insurance company is taking far more from employers or individuals. It's all about money.

    July 26, 2013 at 10:50 | Report abuse | Reply
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