It was put forth very much in the popular press as a vaccine against a sexually transmitted infection rather than how we should be presenting this vaccine, which is a vaccine against cancers of many different types which are associated with HPV, said Susan Vadaparampil, senior member at the Moffitt Cancer Centers Division of Population Science.
There are a lot of competing demands for a providers attention, Vadaparampil
Cancer Center hosted a conference earlier this month with health experts from throughout the country to address HPV, and the center has created a group, Partnership to Immunize Teens and Children Against HVP or PITCH, to create a strategy to increase HVP vaccination rates, Vadaparampil
HPV is a very common sexually transmitted infection, Vadaparampil
The estimates are that at some point in their lifetime 80 percent of people will have had an HPV infection.
Those folks where the infection remains and they dont clear it, theres the potential to develop HPV-related cancers.
The vaccine is recommended for females ages 9 up to 26 and for males ages nine up to 21.
The target age to get vaccinated, however, is 11 to 12 years old for both males and females because the vaccine is most effective at that age, Vadaparampil
and Saslow said.
For children who are under insured or have no insurance, there is assistance through government plans, such as the Vaccines for Children Program, Vadaparampil
said the goal of having 80 percent of adolescent boys and girls receive all three doses by 2020 is ambitious but doable.
We have a lot of work to do in a relatively short amount of time, Vadaparampil