Teen Girls Slow to Finish HPV Vaccine Series

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Study Finds That Few Girls Receive All 3 HPV Shots on Time, or at All

By Jennifer Warner

Dec. 13, 2010 – Only about one in seven girls who start the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series finish the three-shot sequence on time, according to a new study.

The HPV vaccine protects females against the strains of HPV that cause the majority of cervical cancers. The CDC recommends the three-shot HPV vaccine series for all young women aged 11 to 26.

But the study found that only 14% of girls aged 9 to 26 who started the HPV vaccine series completed it within seven months, and 28% received all three HPV shots within a year. The HPV vaccine is given in three doses, with two months between the first and second doses and six months between the first and third dose.

Researchers say those completion rates are much lower than previously reported from the CDC and suggest that many young women are unprotected or underprotected from the most dangerous strains of the sexually transmitted virus.

“Low vaccine completion rates and/or prolonged intervals between doses may be a problem,” researcher Lea E. Widdice, MD, of Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation, and colleagues write in Pediatrics. “The duration of protection and efficacy offered by incomplete immunization or immunization at intervals different from that of the clinical trials are currently unknown.”

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Methinks Merck & Co is starting to back peddle over a vaccine gone bad…Obviously the public is not buying into it….am sure the legal department is saying blame the girls for the low uptake¬† – until we are proven guilty.


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.