Parents of 1 in 2 unvaccinated U.S. adolescents have no intention to initiate HPV vaccine

Study results documenting parental hesitancy to begin and complete their child’s HPV vaccine series were published in The Lancet Public Health by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Based on  from the 2017-2018 National Immunization Study, the research team discovered that of the estimated 4.3 million children who were not vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV), nearly 60% of their parents had no intention to initiate the vaccine series. In certain states (Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Utah), vaccine hesitancy was even higher at more than 65%.

“The hesitancy of parents to protect their child against HPV is troubling because improving HPV vaccination coverage is our only option to curb the rising burden of cancers caused by this virus,” said Kalyani Sonawane, Ph.D., the study’s first and corresponding author and an assistant professor at UTHealth School of Public Health. “The silver lining here is that these reasons are addressable. Health care providers can play a vital role in combatting misinformation by educating parents about HPV vaccine safety and benefits, and they can also emphasize the importance of series completion.”…

One would think that any doctor capable of getting through med school  would be able to recognize such obvious propaganda when they see it.   But the fact that this site is an ongoing enterprise implies otherwise.  And maybe that’s the main objective of med school: churn out unthinking robots.    Parents beware.

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