Why don’t teens get shots for HPV and other diseases?

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Parents have raised concerns on the side effects of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.  Results from a study done in 2010 indicate “16% of parents cited these fears as the main reason they did not have their daughters vaccinated in 2010, up from 5% in 2008.”  The most alarming aspect of these findings is that every year more and more parents are saying no to the vaccine.  First, we have to understand that HPV is a virus that can be transmitted sexually and it is likely to cause tumors of the cervix, head, neck and possibly other organs.  Parental anxieties on the vaccine are a result of lack of knowledge on the effects.  In 2006 the first HPV vaccine was licensed says Jessica Kahn, professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  Kahn states “there was very strong evidence that it was safe, “After all of the scientific evidence parents continue to hold back on the vaccine.  It is very important to get teens vaccinated against HPV especially if they are sexually active.  Not getting the vaccine at all could potentially put your teen at risk to the HPV virus.

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