A recently released study shows that teenage boys are less likely to receive the HPV vaccine when compared to girls. On the long run, this might increase their risk of cancer. An infection with HPV raises the risks of vaginal, cervical, throat, and mouth cancers. This is why the CDC recommends all girls and boys aged 12 to get the HPV vaccine.
The Latest HPV Vaccine Delivery Report
This recent report shows that in 2016, around 65% of girls received the vaccine compared to 56% of boys. The study team also looked to find the reason behind these statistics.
Researchers analyzed a survey conducted in 2015. This asked parents the reason for which their kids did not receive the HPV vaccine. After that, the various reasonings were compared.
Parents of boys mentioned that healthcare providers did not recommend the vaccine. More than 20% of boys’ parents mentioned this reason. In comparison, only 10% of girls’ parents invoked this reason. This seems to indicate that health care providers are less likely to recommend the vaccine to boys.
The most common reason mentioned by parents was that they did not believe that it was important or necessary. 22% of boys’ parents and 21% of girls’ parents cited this reason.
Researchers mentioned that these results show that more parents need to be informed about the HPV vaccine and more children should receive it in order to lower the risk of disease and even cancer in the long run.
In the US, this vaccine was approved in 2006 for girls and in 2009 for boys. In Australia, where the vaccination rates are higher than 70% for both boys and girls, the number of HPV cases is lower.
The results of this new study were presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology.
“[..] physicians need to give a strong recommendation to both parents of boys and girls,” mentioned Dr. Anna Beavis, one of the researchers.
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