Opinions on mandating hpv vaccine
Still, it is encouraging that these subjects had or plan to have over half (61 %) of their children vaccinated.
This research was supported by a Pilot Grant from the Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy Research Grant Program funded by the University’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Grabiel’s work was supported by a Chicago College of Pharmacy Student Research Award.
Practically all cervical cancer is caused by HPV, mainly from a strain covered by the vaccine.
The newest version of Gardasil, which got FDA approval in December 2014, protects against nine strains of HPV and 90% of all cancers associated with the virus.
The survey was reviewed for face validity by College of Pharmacy social science and clinical faculty members, and an earlier version of it had been used successfully in a published study of biomedical students’ knowledge of and attitudes toward the HPV vaccine. 48.1 % of subjects said they learned about the HPV vaccines from the media, while 47.3 % identified health care practitioner(s) as a source of knowledge.
The mean score on a 20-item knowledge test regarding the infection and vaccines was 36 % (range 0–80 %). For example, 22.4 % of subjects agreed that schools should require that students be vaccinated before enrolling, while 3.2 % agreed that vaccination causes patients to become sexually active.
Subjects reported vaccination status for 253 children (mean age 13) as follows: 33 % vaccinated; 28 % not vaccinated but will be; 11 % will never be vaccinated; and 28 % not decided.
No diagnosis has been made, but a few have theorized that the vaccine triggered an autoimmune response, she says.She says she'll probably wait until Sally is 13, "when boys are in the vocabulary.'' And, she adds, "It won't hurt matters that there will be a couple more years of research." But Linda May, who lives in suburban Indiana, wonders if changes her daughter Laura has experienced since getting her first Gardasil shot in February 2010 are from the vaccine.May says Laura, a former athlete and star pupil, is fatigued and always achy. Laura doesn't complain, Linda says, but the family can see she is not herself.The family plans to file a claim with the Department of Health and Human Services' National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, which has recorded 88 injury and 8 death claims related to the HPV vaccines and two legal settlements. But she wants to see it taken off the market until more safety reviews are done."I know many girls who've had (the vaccine) and are fine," May says.