Parents resist HPV vaccine

May 5, 2008 3:34:59 PM PDT
Study shows mothers unwilling to give young daughters vaccine

There's been a lot of fanfare about the new HPV vaccine but a new study shows only forty-nine percent of parents intend to get their young children vaccinated.

That's if the girls are under the age of 13.

The human papillomavirus is sexually transmitted and is the primary cause of cervical cancer. The first vaccine against the virus, gardisil, was approved in 2006.

The government recommends that eleven and twelve-year old girls be targeted for this vaccine before they're sexually active and when the drug is most effective.

However, the study suggests that many mothers aren't willing to have their young daughters get the vaccine.


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