HPV vaccine extremely effective, but less teens are getting it

HPV vaccine extremely effective, but less teens are getting it

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Centers for Disease Control says the rates of HPV infection have plummeted since they started recommending a vaccine, but there is still some who will not get their teens vaccinated.

"Once you become sexually active well over half, probably about 80% of people will contract HPV," says Dr. John Nakayama.

University Hospital's Dr. John Nakayama says that alone should be good reason to encourage people to get the HPV Vaccine.

The gynecologic oncologist says the vaccine is extremely effective.

"Human Papillomavirus. It's the virus that's sexually transmitted. It predisposes to genital warts as well as cervical cancer," explains Dr. Nakayama.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends boys and girls ages 11 to 12 years old get the three-dose HPV vaccine that's given over a six-month period to help prevent the sexually transmitted disease, infection, and cervical cancer.

Dr. Nakayama believes the recent reports that show fewer teens getting the vaccine or the full dose of the vaccination is linked to the stigma associated with it.

"People are thinking if they give their daughter or son the HPV vaccine they're saying that they are sexually active. It's never really made sense to me because we give Hepatitis B vaccines to babies and that's a sexually transmitted disease," says Dr. Nakayama.
And when it comes to cervical cancer Dr. Nakayama points out the vaccine is more than 80% effective in preventing the potentially deadly disease.
In the past year an even more effective HPV vaccine has been released. Experts say if you have any questions about the vaccine you should contact your child's pediatrician.

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