Completion Rate for HPV Vaccine Amongst Girls Poor and Getting Worse

[Leslie Carol Botha: The reality is that there are over 25,000 girls who have been adversely injured by the HPV vaccines.  Some of them may never recover. And 25,000 is only 1 to 10% of the vaccine injured population reporting. So if each girl just told one girl…another 25,000 would know.  Add family and friends to that – and then each person tells one more…. well you get the idea.  What is the adage?  Word of mouth is the best marketing?  Even Merck’s million dollar marketing team cannot beat this one. Not to mention that FDA documents show that 73.3% of girls who are injected with Gardasil develop ‘new medical conditions.’  And they wonder why the girl’s are not completing the series?]

HPV vaccine completion rate among girls is poor, getting worse

Medical Press
May 5, 2012 in Cancer

The proportion of insured girls and young women completing the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine among those who initiated the series has dropped significantly – as much as 63 percent – since the vaccine was approved in 2006, according to new research from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston.

The study, published in the current issue of Cancer, reveals the steepest decline in vaccine completion among girls and young women aged nine to 18 – the age group that derives the greatest benefit from the vaccine, which should be administered in three doses over six months.

“The first generation of women that could benefit from the only HPV-related cancer vaccine in existence is missing the opportunity,” said lead author Abbey B. Berenson, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health (CIRWH) at UTMB. “This vaccine prevents one of the most devastating cancers in women.”

Researchers examined a large health insurance company’s records of 271,976 female patients aged nine and older who received the first dose of the HPV vaccine between 2006 and 2009. Of this full sample, just 38.2 percent received all three doses within 365 days. In all but one age group (27 and older), researchers uncovered a marked drop in the number of females who completed the vaccine series:

HPV Vaccine Completion Rates
Age 2006 2009 Completion Dec/Inc
9-12 57.5% 21.2% – 63%

13-18 54.9% 20.8% – 62%

19-26 44.3% 22.6% – 49%

27+ 15% 24.5% + 37%

Source: UTMB

Berenson said that among the 9-12 and 13-18 , the drop may be at least partly attributable to parents not being accustomed to taking older children to the doctor more than once or twice each year and rarely making appointments for this age group solely around vaccines. The slight completion increase among patients 27 and older may be because these women are responsible for their own health care appointments and decisions. They also may have benefited from more doctors offering the vaccine to women older than the recommended age group in the years following FDA approval.

Approved by FDA in 2006, the HPV vaccine is administered as a three-dose series over six months and is effective in preventing infection with certain HPV strains associated with the development of cervical cancer, which affects nearly half a million women worldwide each year and kills more than a 250,000. It also protects against anal, penile and some head and neck cancers as well as genital warts. Berenson added that the vaccine also allows women to avoid the anxiety that comes along with an abnormal Pap smear. The efficacy and duration of protection are proven for only a complete vaccination; the efficacy of only one or two doses is not well established.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.