HPV Vaccination Rates Dropping in Teenage Girls
Summary: The HPV vaccine could save your son or daughter's life. So why are many teens not getting it?HPV, or human papillomavirus, is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases today. In fact, in the U.S., there are more than 20 million people affected with HPV. Back in 2006, the first vaccination against HPV was approved by the FDA. This vaccine helps prevent contracting HPV, which can eventually lead to cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and oropharynx. While the vaccine initially targeted teenage girls and young women, the CDC now recommends that teenage boys get vaccinated as well. So why are more and more people, especially young teenage girls, NOT getting vaccinated? One reason may be the stigma around a vaccine which prevents an STD. Parents don't like to think of their teenage boys and girls having sex. Another reason may be the growing distrust of vaccines in general. However, research has shown the the HPV vaccine is completely safe from long-term side effects. In this segment, special guest Dr. Jenice Forde-Baker, MD, shares helpful information about the HPV virus and vaccine. If you have kids, even as young as nine years old, this interview is not to be missed.