Sumary of HPV Vaccine Should Be Universal For Boys And Girls, Ages 9-14:
- [+] at Amistad Community Health Center in Corpus Christi, Texas on Friday May 27, 2016. Dr. Lori Anderson, a pediatrician at Amistad Community Health Center, has been spearheading an effort to have more children vaccinated against HPV in Corpus Christi.
- (Photo by Matthew Busch for The Washington Post via Getty Images) The Washington Post via Getty Images The United Kingdom has achieved substantial success vaccinating against a highly contagious virus, human papillomavirus or HPV.
- In doing so, it has reduced cervical cancer rates among women in certain age groups by 87%, an astounding achievement that underlines the value of vaccination against disease.
- It is the cause of many forms of deadly cancers and the driving factor in the fourth most common cancer among women around the world: cervical cancer.
- Beyond the threat or cervical cancer, HPV has been tied to penile cancer in men and head and neck, oral and anal cancers in men and women alike.
- Still, anti-HPV vaccine campaigns, including on social media, have managed to limit vaccine uptake in countries as widespread as Japan, Ireland, Denmark and here in the US, often by limiting the likelihood that healthcare providers will recommend the vaccine and the likelihood that parents will ask for it for their kids.
- Most health insurance covers the cost, but the uninsured aren’t guaranteed the vaccine and often need to apply for vaccine coverage assistance or negotiate a lower price directly with a healthcare provider, not an easy task for anyone not highly health literate.
- And then there is also the question of knowledge and understanding, especially among boys and the parents and healthcare providers of young men.