Preventing Cervical Cancer with the HPV Vaccination

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HPV vaccination is the most common used method for preventing cervical cancer in young girls ranging from age nine to eleven years old. The overall perception of the vaccine is positive by the public because of its wide use and support by state laws, school systems and medical associations. According to the American Pediatric Association the vaccine has an excellent safety record. (Nirvi,1) A reasonable amount of parents still feel skeptical about mandatory HPV vaccination on their kids and lack great knowledge regarding the vaccine’s effectiveness.
HPV is the leading sexually transmitted disease amongst women. “In June 2006, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first vaccine against HPV. Sold as Gardasil, the quadrivilent vaccine is intended to prevent four strains of HPV associated with cervical cancer, precancerous genital lesions, and genital warts.”(Gail,1). HPV can provide enormous potential for cervical cancer prevention, but for a person who is already infected with the virus there will be little to no benefits gained from the vaccine. The HBM which is the acronym used to describe The Health Belief Model, a psychological model that explains and predicts health behaviors accounts that most undergraduate women ranging from ages twenty to twenty five years hold a positive view towards the administration and use of HPV vaccination, it also states that older women were more open towards acceptation of the vaccination it they considered it a high threat to

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