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Why Mandate the HPV Vaccine?

Ever since they were approved and recommended, in 2007, more and more kids are getting vaccinated and protected with the HPV vaccines.

Without mandates, fewer kids are getting HPV vaccines.
Without mandates, fewer kids are getting HPV vaccines.

So why should they be added to the list of vaccines that are required to attend school?

Why Mandate the HPV Vaccine?

One common argument against mandating HPV vaccines is that HPV infections aren’t contagious.

That isn’t really true though.

HPV infections are contagious – through sexual contact.

And we know that about half of teens in high school are having sex…

But still, some argue that they aren’t contagious like measles and chickenpox…

So why mandate the HPV vaccine for students?

“Because HPV is easily transmitted through sexual contact, the vaccine’s full promise may only be realized through near-universal vaccination of girls and young women prior to sexual activity—a notion reflected in recently proposed federal guidelines. And history, as supported by a large body of scientific evidence, suggests that the most effective way to achieve universal vaccination is by requiring children to be inoculated prior to attending school.”

Achieving Universal Vaccination Against Cervical Cancer in the United States: The Need and the Means

Because mandates are the best way to get everyone vaccinated and protected.

“School immunization requirements serve 2 purposes: (1) to protect children from infectious diseases while in a setting with high rates of disease transmission and (2) to achieve higher immunization rates in society for better herd immunity and lower disease rates.”

Barraza et al on Human Papillomavirus and Mandatory Immunization Laws
What Can We Learn From Early Mandates?

And in the case of HPV vaccines, lower rates of HPV infections means less cancer.

“When we require vaccines for school, we get more children immunized. When we get more children immunized, we prevent diseases—including cancer. When we have a vaccine that works and is safe, we should be making sure that it is given to as many people as possible, and requiring a vaccine for school does just that.”

Claire McCarthy on Why Public Schools Should Require the HPV Vaccine

And that’s why we should mandate the HPV vaccine for school.

“Vaccinating as high a proportion of the population as possible is not simply a box to be checked by public health officials; it is a moral imperative, for several reasons. The most fundamental reason for promoting universal vaccination, as has been argued for other vaccines, is that it is in the best interest of the children receiving the vaccine.”

Michele Bayefsky on The Ethical Case for Mandating HPV Vaccination

Especially since, like other vaccines, the HPV vaccine is safe, with few risks.

Most importantly, understand that the misinformation and propaganda that scare parents away from vaccinating and protecting their kids against HPV infections is not helping them make an informed choice.

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Did Cancer Research UK Announce an Alarming 54% Rise in Cervical Cancer?

Why do some people think that the Cancer Research UK announced an alarming 54% rise in cervical cancer?

You don't need to be a genius to figure out that this is all anti-vaccine propaganda.
You don’t need to be a genius to figure out that this is all anti-vaccine propaganda.

The usual suspects…

Did Cancer Research UK Announce an Alarming 54% Rise in Cervical Cancer?

The first thing you should quickly see that’s wrong with Bobby Kennedy‘s statement is that 24-29 year olds are not the first generation to get vaccinated and protected with HPV vaccines.

In fact, they would have been the last generation that wasn’t routinely vaccinated and protected!

“The national HPV vaccination programme began offering vaccination to females in England in September 2008 and has recently extended the offer to include males (from September 2019). This programme offers HPV vaccination routinely to males and females entering year 8 of school (aged 12-13 years) and is almost exclusively delivered in schools. There was a catch-up programme in the first 2 years of the programme to offer vaccination to all females aged up to 18 years in 2008.”

Surveillance of type-specific HPV in sexually active young females in England, to end 2018

And next?

“Incidence rates for cervical carcinoma in situ in the UK are highest in females aged 25 to 29 (2014-2016).”

Cancer Research UK on cervical cancer statistics

Know that the rise that has been seen in the UK is in cervical carcinoma in situ and could just reflect changes to their screening program in recent years.

“Screening from age 20 yrs, rather than from age 25 yrs, would not prevent any more cancers from spreading beyond the cervix (stage II or worse) by age 27 yrs. The substantial increase in stage I cervical cancers in 24 and 25 year old women, corresponds to changes whereby a high proportion of women are now screened for the first time between ages 24.5 and 25.5 yrs. Previously some of these early stage screen detected cancers would have been prevented by treatment of high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia following earlier screening and a few would have been screen-detected later – at age 26 or 27 yrs. Others may be slow-growing cancers, some of which could be argued to be over-diagnosed.”

Castanon et al on Is the recent increase in cervical cancer in women aged 20–24 years in England a cause for concern?

Fewer people getting cervical screening on time is also contributing to rising rates of cervical cancer.

“Latest figures show less than three-quarters of women invited for cervical screening take it up – and this falls even further in younger age groups and more deprived regions. Cancer Research UK believes this is part of the reason why cervical cancer still affects over 3,000 people each year.”

Cervical cancer progress falters as screening uptake hits record lows

And the study, “Will HPV Vaccination Prevent Cervical Cancer?,” by Claire Rees in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine?

It is a poorly done “review” that has been heavily criticized.

If this is Rees' revision, I'd hate to see what the original article looked like...
If this is Rees’ revision, I’d hate to see what the original article looked like…

Gardasil has a great safety record, with few risks.

The HPV vaccines are eliminating HPV infections among those who are getting vaccinated and protected.

“Over the next decade, as people who have been vaccinated reach the age when they’re most at risk of cervical cancer, disease rates are expected to fall.”

Cervical cancer progress falters as screening uptake hits record lows

Don’t let propaganda about vaccines scare you away from vaccinating your kids, which in the case of the HPV vaccine, could put them at risk to get cancer.

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