Study: Fewer young women are getting the HPV vaccine

November 11th, 2010 - 9:06 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

vev New York, Nov 11 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new study has found that fewer women than expected are taking the HPV vaccine. The HPV vaccine is used to protect young women from conditions that can lead to cervical cancer. The drug was approved for use in 2006.

The research which was carried out by researchers from the University of Maryland found that less than a third of eligible women are actually getting the vaccine. The researchers sampled data of some 9,658 young women and teenagers. This group of people was eligible for the HPV vaccine and they realized that only a third of them actually started the three course procedure.

The researchers further found that of the number that started, only 31 percent of them completed the three-shot series with 39 percent receiving only single shot and 30 percent having two shot. That means fewer than 10 percent eligible women are receiving the full course of the vaccine. That is a worrying trend.

The full course of the vaccine takes some six months. After the first shot, the patient is required to go for the second shot two months after that and the third and final shot is administered six months from the date of the first shot. The drug is recommended for women between the ages of 9 to 26 years. The drug can also be administered to male patients to prevent genital warts.

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