Doctor, Parental Assumptions Can Delay Delivery of HPV Vaccine, Study Says

The vaccine protects against a sexually-transmitted infection that can cause cancer in men and women.

Talking with your kids about sex can be awkward for all involved, but new research from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) suggests that not talking about it may be even worse.

In a study published in the August 18 issue of Pediatrics, researchers found that parents and clinicians who make assumptions about a teenager’s sexual activity were more likely to delay vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually-transmitted infection which, according to the CDC, can cause a variety of cancers in both men and women.

According to a BUSM report, this is how the study was conducted:

The researchers interviewed 124 parents and 37 health-care providers at four clinics between September 2012 and August 2013. Parents and providers were asked to discuss their reasons why their HPV vaccine eligible girls did or did not ultimately receive the vaccine. Remarkably, the most common parental reason (44 percent) was that their child was never offered the vaccine. Other common reasons included the perception that the vaccination was optional instead of recommended or being told by their provider that it was unnecessary prior to sexual debut. Among those that declined the vaccine, the rationale often involved safety concerns and a belief that their daughters were too young to need it.

The study also showed that clinicians who administered the most HPV vaccines offered them as a “routine part of the age 11 vaccine bundle” and also “framed the conversation as one about cancer prevention” when recommending the vaccine to parents, according to the report.

“Emphasis on cancer prevention and concurrent administration with other routine childhood vaccines has the potential to dramatically reduce missed opportunities occurring among well-intentioned providers and parents,” assistant BUSM professor Rebecca Perkins said in the report.

The CDC recommends that girls and boys ages 11 or 12 receive the vaccination. For those who were not vaccinated at those ages, catch-up vaccines are available for females through age 26 and men through age 21.

  • SteveCA7

    Serious adverse events from HPV vaccine are considerably
    more than all other vaccines. Do research and make an informed choice.

    From the FDA:

    6.2 Postmarketing Experience

    reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not possible to
    reliably estimate their frequency or to establish a causal relationship to
    vaccine exposure.

    Blood and lymphatic system disorders: Autoimmune hemolytic
    anemia, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, lymphadenopathy. Respiratory,
    thoracic and mediastinal disorders: Pulmonary embolus. Gastrointestinal
    disorders: Nausea, pancreatitis, vomiting. General disorders and administration
    site conditions: Asthenia, chills, DEATH,
    fatigue, malaise. Immune system disorders: Autoimmune diseases,
    hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylactic/anaphylactoid reactions,
    bronchospasm, and urticaria. Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders:
    Arthralgia, myalgia. Nervous system disorders: Acute disseminated
    encephalomyelitis, dizziness, Guillain-Barré syndrome, headache, motor neuron
    disease, paralysis, seizures, syncope (including syncope associated with
    tonic-clonic movements and other seizure-like activity) sometimes resulting in
    falling with injury, transverse myelitis. Infections and infestations:
    cellulitis. Vascular disorders: Deep venous thrombosis.

  • SteveCA7

    Serious disabling autoimmune adverse reactions to HPV
    vaccines are NOT A COINCIDENCE:

  • Peggy

    For the love of GOD!! Do not get this vaccine! Or, at the very least read ALL available information from both sides so you can make a well informed decision.

  • Sheila3e23

    Before the pap smear, cervical cancer was the #1 killer of women in America. Why? Because HPV is present in approximately 75% of adults. Men have no symptoms. It passes through condoms, you cannot see it, you don’t know you have it, and you can spread from simply touching the infected genitals. Meaning that virgins can contract it. And it gives women cervical cancer — to the point of making it the #1 killer of women in America. And this is why they require the pap smear, to catch the cancer early. So, if you want to do all you can to protect your children from cervical cancer, get the vaccine. I did for my kids. This was a no-brainer.

  • Twylaa

    re: “The study also showed that clinicians who administered the most HPV vaccines offered them as a ‘routine part of the age 11 vaccine bundle’”
    What study shows that it is safe to give the HPV vaccines at the same time as a “bundle” of vaccines? Any studies? Or is this just an assumption? Perhaps this article should be renamed: “Doctor Assumptions Can Cause the HPV Vaccines to be Given at the Same Time as Other Vaccines”.