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Girls' HPV Vaccination Rates Falling Short
Reuters - 10/18/11
Close to half of U.S. girls ages 13 and 17 have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), but there is still a way to go to improve those numbers, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are more than 100 strains of HPV, some of which cause genital and anal warts. In most people, the virus is sexually transmitted but the immune system clears the infection fairly rapidly. However, persistent infection with certain HPV strains can eventually lead to cancer. Persistent HPV infection is the primary cause of cervical cancer. For that reason, the CDC and other groups recommend that all girls ages 11 and 12 receive the HPV vaccine, and that teenagers and young women up to age 26 get 'catch-up' vaccination.
Talk with Your Child about the HPV Vaccine
Herald-Ledger (KY) - 10/15/11
Have you talked to your son or daughter about HPV vaccination? Such a conversation is one of the most important that parents can have with their teens. A recent study at Ohio State University found that college-aged women were more likely to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus if they had talked to their mothers about it. The results show that communication between a daughter and her mother can be helpful in the daughter's decision-making. The key for daughters getting the vaccine was having mothers who discussed it with them and who were confident that the vaccine was safe and effective in preventing HPV-related diseases, the study found.
Brown Signs Bill Letting CA Minors Get STD Vaccine
Sacramento Bee - 10/9/11
Gov. Jerry Brown has waded into the national debate over child vaccinations for sexually transmitted diseases, signing into law a bill allowing children as young as 12 to get vaccinated without their parents' consent. Brown announced Sunday that he had signed AB499, which lets minors get vaccinated against a virus known as human papilloma. Also known as HPV, the virus is a precursor to a leading cause of cervical cancer.
Role for HPV Vaccines in HPV-Positive Oropharyngeal Cancer
Medscape - 10/5/11
The sharp rise in oropharyngeal cancer associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) and its association with oral sex have been highlighted again, and this time has gained widespread media attention.
Virus to Blame for Rise in Throat Cancer
Reuters - 10/4/11
Cancer of the back of the mouth and throat is on the rise, primarily because of more cases stemming from a viral infection called human papillomavirus (HPV), researchers report in a new study. The number of people who were diagnosed with HPV-related oral cancer in 2004 was triple the number diagnosed in 1988, due largely, researchers suspect, to changes in sexual behavior that have helped spread the virus.
Dr. Dustin Ballard: The good, bad and ugly about vaccine news
Marin Independent Journal (CA) - 10/3/11
Vaccines are back in the news. In fact, the past few weeks have brought several related stories, which as a vaccine advocate, I would categorize as the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
A Political Wife's Influence on an Issue
New York Times - 9/28/11
Four years after Gov. Rick Perry issued an executive order that would have made Texas the first state to require that sixth-grade girls be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted disease linked to cervical cancer, its genesis remains a mystery.
Editorial: HPV vaccine is important for both sexes
Kansan.com - 9/26/11
It has been a controversial topic hanging over the 2012 Republican presidential debates this year, and a significant uproar has surrounded false claims about the human papilloma virus made by U.S. Representative and presidential hopeful, Michele Bachmann. Despite Bachmann's ignorant assertions, the vaccine has a superb safety record after over 35 million administered doses according to the AAP report and should definitely become a state-mandated vaccine.
CDC Considers Vaccinating Boys, Not Just Girls, for HPV
U.S. News & World Report - 9/23/11
U.S. health authorities now recommend that girls and young women be vaccinated against human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease that is a known cause of cervical cancer, but that recommendation does not extend to boys and young men.At least for now.
Governor Perry's Vaccine Tribulations
New York Times - 9/18/11
Gov. Rick Perry's rivals for the Republican presidential nomination have been pummeling him for his attempt to require sixth-grade girls in Texas to be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted disease that can cause cervical cancer. The attacks are absurd.
Editorial: Bachmann irresponsible to spread fear of vaccine
USA Today - 9/18/11
One of the most alarming public-health developments in recent years has been the emergence of a strident chorus of vaccine fear-mongers who have scared too many parents away from getting their children immunized. The result has been a comeback of deadly diseases such as whooping cough, mumps and measles. Measles alone killed 3,000 to 5,000 people a year before vaccines emerged to virtually eliminate it in this country.
The Facts About The HPV Vaccine
NPR - 9/18/11
It had to do with Texas governor Rick Perry's 2007 mandate that middle school girls in his state receive the HPV vaccine. Host Audie Cornish gets the facts on that vaccine from Dr. Jessica Kahn of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
Rick Perry's HPV Stance Grounded in Case of Heather Burcham, Who Died of Cervical Cancer
ABC News - 9/15/11
Heather Burcham died in 2007 when she was 31. Cervical cancer killed her. She was misdiagnosed at age 26, and by the time she knew she had cancer, it was too late for effective treatment. But she changed lives by living hers so passionately. She was deeply religious, quick-witted, loving, with a quirky sense of humor; and she was determined to save other young women. Her passion for a cause made her a "Person of the Week" on ABC's "World News" program in 2007. Heather likely would have been shouting from the rooftops in frustration, listening to the current political debate about the HPV vaccine.
Bioethicist Bets Against Bachmann's Vaccine Claims
USA TODAY - 9/15/11
A bioethics professor has offered to pay $10,000 of his own money if Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R.-Minn, can prove that anyone developed mental retardation as a result of receiving the HPV vaccine. Bachmann questioned the safety of the cancer-preventing shots during the Republican presidential debate this week. On follow-up TV interviews, Bachmann described talking to a mother whose daughter developed mental retardation as a result of the shots, typically given to teenagers to protect them from a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.
Bachmann Vaccine Comments Toxic, Doctors Say
Reuters - 9/15/11
No matter how much the U.S. medical community repudiates the suggestion by presidential candidate Michele Bachmann that a vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV) is dangerous, doctors fear the damage has already been done. Physicians are bracing for more parents to refuse the HPV vaccine, which protects against the most common cause of cervical cancer, for their daughters. They say the comments by the Republican candidate will only stoke growing and unfounded fears about a whole class of common immunizations needed to fight disease. "There are people out there who, because of this kind of misinformation, aren't going to get their daughter immunized," said Dr. Kenneth Alexander, a pediatric infectious disease expert at the University of Chicago Medical Center. "As a result, there will be more people who die from cervical cancer," Alexander said in a telephone interview.
Rick Perry's HPV Vaccine Mandate
Colbert Nation - 9/14/11
Colbert covers recent statements made by Rep. Michele Bachmann about HPV vaccine.
Bachmann Shot at Perry Over Vaccine Stings Her Too
Associated Press - 9/14/11
Republican Michele Bachmann is feeling the sting of a presidential campaign jab gone awry, while the target is using the flap to shore up his pro-life credentials. Bachmann is trying to regain her footing in the race after a late-summer slide. At a GOP debate sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express Monday she tried to raise doubts about front-runner Rick Perry among conservatives and libertarian-style tea party members critical to both candidates.
Editorial: Bachmann's foolish attack on vaccines
StarTribune - 9/13/11
Michele Bachmann kept her fading presidential campaign alive on Monday night with a breathtaking act of political irresponsibility – smearing a vaccine that could save the lives of 4,000 or more American women each year. The vaccine Bachmann savaged at the Republican presidential debate and afterward radically reduces the risk of cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancers caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, or HPV.
Bachmann's Political Contagion
The New Yorker - 9/13/11
In "Contagion," Steven Soderbergh's film about a virus that decimates the planet, Jude Law plays a conspiracy-minded freelance video blogger who regards vaccines as scams churned out by a medical establishment interested only in profits. Instead, he claims, with no evidence, that a homeopathic treatment based on the plant forsythia cured him of the infection that was killing nearly everyone else. His comments cause a panicked stampede of pharmacies, leading to many more deaths, since healthy people inevitably mix with those who are sick.
Commentary by Arthur Caplan, PhD: HPV vaccine attack could harm 'innocent' girls ;GOP's Bachmann claims shot to prevent cervical cancer can cause mental retardation. That is simply a lie
MSNBC - 9/13/11
Vaccines were the biggest losers in Monday's GOP presidential candidate's debate, specifically those that are intended to prevent cervical cancer. Republican hopefuls Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania piled on Texas Gov. Rick Perry about the alleged horror of the government doing what it can to help vaccinate young women. The importance of vaccinating women against the human papillomavirus – a virus that kills thousands of American women, forces tens of thousands more to undergo major surgeries to save them from death due to cervical cancer and leaves scores of other men and women to struggling with genital warts — is being debated by politicians who, arguably, could not be more self-interested in scoring cheap debating points, even at a cost of possibly killing young women.
Pediatricians Fact-Check Bachmann's Bashing of HPV Vaccine
NPR - 9/13/11
Now the nation's pediatricians have waded deep and early into the race for the presidency. In an unusual instance of political fact-checking of a candidate's statements by physicians themselves, the American Academy of Pediatrics has a tough prescription for Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann: Get your facts straight on the HPV vaccine. In case you missed it, she sparred with Texas Gov. Rick Perry Monday night over his executive order that would have mandated vaccination of state schoolgirls against human papillomavirus, a cause of cervical cancer.
Two Doses of HPV Vaccine May Work As Well As Three
HealthDay - 9/8/11
Two doses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine may offer just as much protection against cervical cancer as the three-dose regimen now being used, new U.S. government research shows. The findings stem from an analysis of data from the National Cancer Institute's Costa Rica Vaccine Trial, in which 7,466 women were enrolled, according to a news release from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, which published the results on Thursday.
HPV Vaccination Rates Low Nationwide
Chicago Tribune - 9/7/11
Because most cervical cancer cases and some less common malignancies are caused by human papillomavirus, or HPV, area physicians and public health experts were thrilled when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2006 approved the first vaccine to prevent HPV. But five years later, local pediatricians and family physicians say they still see scores of teen girls who have not been vaccinated.
More U.S. 'Tweens' Getting Recommended Vaccines
HealthDay - 9/6/11
Growing numbers of 11- and 12-year-olds are receiving their recommended vaccines, which could indicate that resistance to children's inoculations is lessening in the United States.
More Teens Getting HPV Vaccines, but Not Enough CDC Reports
Los Angeles Times - 8/27/11
Popular fears about vaccines – including the belief that the measles, mumps and rubella shot causes autism – are unfounded, a study released Thursday by the Institute of Medicine reported. But another report released Thursday, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, noted with some alarm that many parents still shun another recommended vaccine: the three-shot series that protects against human papilloma virus (HPV), a widespread sexually transmitted virus, some types of which can cause cervical cancer.
HPV Vaccination Rates Low Among Teen Girls, CDC Reports
U.S. News and World Report - 8/25/11
Teen vaccination rates for human papillomavirus (HPV) are lagging behind rates for two other important vaccines in the United States, federal researchers say. HPV infection can lead to cervical cancer in females, but HPV vaccination dramatically reduces the risk of infection.
Vaccine Safety: New Report Finds Few Adverse Events Linked to Immunizations
TIME - 8/25/11
In a new report investigating adverse events caused by vaccines, a panel of experts says there are relatively few health problems caused by the most commonly recommended immunizations, which public health experts advise that all children receive. The conclusions, issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in its latest report, "Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality," represent the most comprehensive review of the available literature on the potential side effects of eight vaccines – for mumps, measles and rubella (MMR); chickenpox; influenza; hepatitis A; hepatitis B; human papillomavirus (HPV); diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP); and meningococcus.
Fewer Girls Develop Cervical Abnormalities after HPV Vaccine
Reuters - 6/17/11
A vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, triggered by the human papillomavirus (HPV), has helped reduce the number of teenage girls developing abnormalities in their cervix by as much as 50 percent in a study in Australia, researchers reported on Friday. Some strains of HPV are known to cause abnormal lesions in the cervix, which may turn cancerous later on. Vaccines are aimed mainly at girls between the ages of nine and 12 as they are regarded as most effective when given before the onset of sexual activity.
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