The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that girls receive their first dose of the Gardasil vaccine between the ages of 11 and 12. According to a study released by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, only half of girls in that demographic are following the government’s recommendation.
Gardasil protects against the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is responsible for 99.7 percent of cervical cancers and several other cancers, according to Science 2.0.
The HPV vaccine can protect against 70 percent of cervical cancers, but it’s most effective when given to girls at a young age, before they become sexually active. Unfortunately, only 56 percent of girls are getting the vaccine during the right time.
“HPV infection rates increase significantly every year for young people between 14 and 24, so vaccination at a young age is very important,” said Mahbubur Rahman, associate professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. “It’s important that parents and health care providers are aware of the importance of early HPV vaccination to ensure that girls receive this vaccination at the CDC’s recommended age.”
Science 2.0 suggests that parents may not be getting their daughters vaccinated because they don’t like the idea of “sexualizing” girls as young as nine, and because the unfavorable view the media puts on pharmaceutical companies regarding tainted research, improper testing and paying to get published in medical journals.
The anti-vaccination movement has also raised concerns about vaccine injuries caused by Gardasil. The Anapol Weiss vaccine injury lawyers have filed a number of claims in federal vaccine court on behalf of patients who suffered severe adverse reactions to Gardasil. They achieved a six figure vaccine injury compensation award in 2010 on behalf of a young girl diagnosed with Guillain-Barré after getting the Gardasil shot.