International Business Times
By Alyangka Francheska | March 28, 2011 5:18 PM EST
Gotta love it when women’s health issues shows up in the business section of the media.
A study by scientists at the University of Sydney and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead has found has found that some girls are missing out on the vaccination that helps protect against cervical cancer because of fears related to the vaccination process.
In the study, carried out at nine Sydney metropolitan schools and published in the current edition of the Medical Journal of Australia, researchers found many schoolgirls showed high levels of fear and anxiety when offered HPV vaccine (Gardasil).
Principal investigator Associate Professor Rachel Skinner said: “Sometimes this fear was so extreme it bordered on hysteria, with girls crying, screaming and fainting. When this intense fear was witnessed by girls waiting to be vaccinated, the girls’ anxiety levels was heightened.
“Nurses had difficulty administering the vaccine to these girls, and this sometimes resulted in the girl not being vaccinated, despite their parents consenting to the vaccination,” said Associate Professor Skinner.