The Cure for Cancer Parents Aren't Taking Advantage Of
The human papillomavirus vaccination is recommended for boys and girls ages 13 to 17. HPV, as it is commonly known, is a vaccination that helps to prevent the most common sexually transmitted disease. HPV causes cervical cancer, cancer of the back of the tongue, cancer of the tonsils, and though it is not common it can cause cancer of the penis, vagina, and/or vulva.
According to numbers released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), only 14% of American boys 14-17 have been vaccinated with the recommended dosages. The CDC highly recommends what they call a “catch-up" vaccination for males up to the age of 21.
Parents are not getting their girls vaccinated either. When the HPV vaccination was first released in 2007 it was being recommended for prepubescent girls. The CDC numbers show that only 38% of American girls ages thirteen to seventeen have been vaccinated with the three-dose course. Finances are not the issue with this vaccination because nearly every insurer will pay for it.
It is a mystery why a seemingly safe and effective vaccination is being overlooked by parents. The CDC recently published that increasing the vaccination rate of HPV in American girls to 80% would prevent more than 53,000 cases of cervical cancer during the lifetime of girls who are right now twelve years of age and under.
It is vital that boys are vaccinated as well. If fewer boys are infected with the HPV vaccination than fewer women will be exposed to the virus that can cause cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer that can be prevented with a vaccination.
Unlike other vaccines, HPV is not a requirement to go to school. HPV is so common that just about everyone who is sexually active picks it up at some point in their lives. HPV usually goes away on its own, but for those who cannot shed the virus they can pass it along or develop genital warts or cancer.
If you have a child that is in the vaccination age limit, please read up on the vaccination and make a educated decision that could save your child’s life in the future.
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Tammy Marie Rose is an author, blogger and freelance writer with over ten years professional writing experience. She is a divorced mother of three. Her family calls West by God Virginia home.