The Human Papillomavirus ( Hpv ) Vaccine

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Research proves that certain cervical cancers can be prevented by simply getting vaccinated against the Human Papillomavirus (Shafer, Cates, Diehl, & Hartmann, 2011). This virus is responsible for 99% of the cervical cancers (Smith, 2008). The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most sexually transmitted disease in the world (Nath &Thappa, 2009). Four main strains of HPV exists, 6,11,16 and 18 (Smith, 2008). HPV strains 16 and 18 are the causative factors for 70% of the cervical cancers (Smith, 2008). HPV strains 6 and 11 cause about 90% of genital warts (Smith, 2008). Without serious side effects the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine is 100% effective in preventing the two HPV strains that cause the largest percentages of cervical cancer…show more content…
Parents have a safety concern , and do not want to give the HPV vaccine or any other vaccines for that matter. The measles outbreak in California shows that there is an active anti-vaccine group in the United States at this time. Although The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does acknowledge that all vaccines have a potential for allergic reactions. The HPV vaccine has been only known to cause pain at the injection site, fever, nausea and fainting ("HPV Vaccine Information for Clinicians - Fact Sheet," 2015). The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) discusses the possibility of vaccines, including the HPV vacines being associated with learning disabilities ("National Vaccine Information Center Archives," n.d.). However, there is no proof to support that consensus, and there is medical scientific evidence that disproves the false conceptions in regards to the safety of vaccines (Chatterjee & O’Keefe, 2010).
Although some parents feel that mandating the HPV vaccine is a violation of their parental rights, it is necessary for the greater good of public heath. Human Papillomavirus is the most sexual transmitted infection, which makes this a public health problem, considering there are more than 6 million new infections each year (Smith, 2008). Young women raging from 15 to 25 years of age are half of the new HPV cases (Smith, 2008). Parents believe that their parental rights would be usurped
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