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Human Papillomavirus

Boys Need HPV Vaccines, Too!

Despite availability of safe and effective HPV vaccines, completion of the 3-dose vaccine series remains low and completion rates are much higher in girls (37.6%) than boys (13.9%) although HPV vaccination has been recommended for both boys and girls 11-12 years of age since December, 2011.

HPV Vaccination—a Public Health Priority

Almost everyone in the US will be infected with human papillomavirus (HPV) at some point in their lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 79 million people are currently infected with HPV and 14 million people become newly infected each year. Persistent HPV infection can lead to cervical cancer in women and other related cancers…

The Key to Increasing Adolescent Vaccination Rates

Special thanks to Jaime L. Taylor, DO, adolescent medicine fellow at Indiana University School of Medicine and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) for this guest post on increasing adolescent vaccination rates. As discussed by vaccine researchers from across the US at the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine Annual Meeting in Austin, TX last month, adolescent vaccination rates remain low despite clear…

Preventing HPV in Teens

A study released last week by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that HPV cases among teen girls fell by more than 50% since the vaccine was first introduced in 2006. In his November 2011 Huffington Post blog, reposted below, NFID Immediate Past-President, Dr. William Schaffner, hit the nail on the head. The recent vote by the CDC’s…

Weekly Round-Up: Infectious Disease News of Interest

Items of interest from the world of vaccine-preventable diseases this week: 1. A new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in teenage girls have decreased by more than 50% since the introduction of the HPV vaccine in 2006. 2. Vaccine advocate and 2013 recipient of NFID’s Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement, Dr. Paul…

Michael Douglas Sparks Conversation about HPV Vaccine

Michael Douglas’ recent announcement that his throat cancer was caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease, has raised awareness about an important men’s health issue. The discussion is particularly relevant, as Men’s Health Week begins today. Douglas’ inverview with The Guardian may have caught some by surprise, but it certainly brought to light the importance of both men and women…

Get Your Kids the HPV Vaccine Now to Prevent Cancer Later

About 20 million people in the US, most in their teens and early 20s, are infected with HPV, or human papillomavirus. Not only does HPV cause almost all cervical cancers in women, it also responsible for other types of cancer. HPV causes mouth/throat cancer, as well as anal cancer in both women and men. HPV can cause cancers of the vulva and…