Despite its proven efficacy in the prevention of cancer, vaccination against HPV are a few teenagers. A new study by the Medical School of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, showed that doctors should improve vaccination rates among their patients. The study was published in «Pediatrics» magazine.

Health care providers need to improve communication skills with parents who do not dare to be vaccinated against HPV to their children.

"Recommendations of the doctor are one of the most important factors in deciding whether vaccination parents - the researchers noted. - However, we are faced with a lack of understanding of the medical workers to get vaccinated in early adolescence, and with a high level of failure on the part of parents. Less than 50% of American teens receive the vaccine against HPV. "

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year with HPV causes cancer in more than 33,500 Americans.

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"The sooner people get the vaccine, the better will be the reaction of the immune system. If we can increase the level of vaccination in early adolescence, then we can prevent the development of cancer in many people later "- the researchers noted.

The study surveyed 588 pediatricians and family doctors. Scientists have found that rates of vaccine refusal of parents were very high, especially when it comes to children aged 11-12 years, who are the target group for vaccination.

But those doctors who follow the approach "presumptive style", sought the consent of parents to vaccinate more often. This style means that medical professionals administered the vaccine against HPV, and recommend it as well as other vaccines for adolescents (for example, a vaccine against meningitis and Tdap - tetanus / diphtheria / pertussis).

For example, the therapist might say, "Today we have three vaccines: from of Tdap, HPV and meningitis," instead allocate HPV as an option, which is not so important.

However, the researchers found, and some encouraging facts:

Despite the high failure rate, the number of pediatricians, it is strongly recommended the vaccine increased from 60% in 2013 to 85% in 2018 to 11-12 years teenage girls, and from 52% to 83% for boys 11-12 years old.

About 89% of pediatricians and 79% of family physicians reported that more teenagers under 15 years old are fully immunized against HPV.

The study was supported by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Date of publication: 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019