Fewer Young Women Getting HPV Vaccine, Research Reveals

November 11th, 2010 - 7:59 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
vevNov 11, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new research has divulged that fewer women take the vaccine for human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) and those who actually start taking the vaccine do not complete the three doses. The findings of the study, which was presented at the American Academy of Cancer Research on Tuesday, indicate that among those who receive the first dose of HPV vaccine, only one-third of them end up taking the third and final dose of the vaccine.

The research was conducted by taking into consideration the health records of as many as 9,600 girls, teenagers as well as adult women between the age-group of 9-26. The study found out that among the females who were eligible to take the HPV vaccine, only 27 per cent of them took the first dose of the vaccine. All the females who participated in the research were patients at the University of Maryland Medical Centers between the time period of August 2006 to August 2010. However, the researchers failed to shed any light into why so few number of females opted to undergo the process despite being eligible for the vaccine. The researchers have also noted that it is not known whether during their stay in the medical facility, all the female patients had received proper information about the HPV vaccine.

While talking about the study, J. Kathleen Tracy who is associated with the epidemiology and Public Health at the Baltimore based University of Maryland School of Medicine revealed that the most disturbing part of the study was the fact that women started the process but did not complete it.

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