Why parents aren't vaccinating teens for HPV?

Avatar for Cmmelissa
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2008
Why parents aren't vaccinating teens for HPV?
Tue, 11-26-2013 - 4:10pm

Researchers are wondering if it's the sexual stigma associated to the HPV vaccine that makes them hesitant to vaccinate their teens: 

Many parents fear that vaccinating against HPV will encourage their children to be promiscuous, but this is not the case, he said. "Educating families can help debunk any of these myths or concerns associated with the vaccine. This is an amazing vaccine because it prevents cancer."

Dr. Mark Wakabayashi, co-director of the gynecological cancers program and chief of gynecologic oncology at City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte, Calif., treats people who have some of the cancers this shot may help prevent. So he finds less resistance among his patients.

Wakabayashi said that because the HPV vaccine targets a sexually transmitted infection, stigma often plays a role in people's decision for or against it. ""If this was like the chickenpox vaccine, there would be a higher rate of acceptance," he said.

Read more: http://www.ivillage.com/why-many-us-preteens-arent-getting-hpv-shot/6-a-554250

Do you think they have a point, or are their other reasons that makes parents second guess this vaccine?