Despite the almost maniacal hysteria from the right wing, a new study has found that use of the HPV vaccine cut rates of HPV infection in teenage girls by more than half, even with only about one-third of them getting the full vaccine treatment (it requires three shots).
Infections with the human papillomavirus tied to cervical cancer fell by more than half in U.S. teen girls after the HPV vaccine was introduced in 2006, despite high-profile controversy — and low rates of uptake, a new study shows…
Even now, only about a third of U.S. teen girls ages 13 to 17 have had the full series of shots that prevent HPV infection, despite repeated studies that show the vaccine is safe and effective, said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other countries, including places such as Rwanda, have higher HPV vaccination rates than the U.S., he added.
“The report should be a wake-up call to our nation to protect the next generation by increasing HPV vaccination rates,” said Frieden. “These are striking results because we can protect the next generation of adolescents and girls against cancer.”
Rates of HPV infection targeted by the vaccine fell from 11.5 percent in 2003 to 2006 to 5.1 percent from 2007 to 2010 in girls and women ages 14 to 19, a decline of 56 percent, according to new data published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. The effectiveness of getting at least 1 shot in the three-dose series was 82 percent, the study concluded.
And no, Michele Bachmann, it does not cause mental retardation. After all, you didn’t get the vaccine.