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 (Crusie & Anderson, 2007). The vaccine would decrease the financial and psychological costs of medical tests and procedures to remove pre cancerous and cancerous cells (Vamos, McDermott, & Daley, 2008). If this were a mandatory vaccine it would save many women from cervical cancer and the possibility of death. People have strong opinions and concerns about mandating the HPV vaccine. The first one is that some parents feel like they are not sending a consistent message of abstinence. Parents think by permitting their daughters to have the HPV vaccine, that they are encouraging promiscuity and unsafe sexual behavior (Vamos, McDermott, & Daley, 2008). Another concern is that girls might get a false sense of security by thinking the vaccine…

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