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Study: HPV Vaccines Work Better in Fewer Doses [VIDEO]

Update Date: Mar 31, 2017 09:45 AM EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices advised health care professionals to reduce the number of HPV shots in order to increase the vaccine's effectivity. It was mentioned that children ages nine to 14 should only be given two to three shots.

Studies reveal that the human papillomavirus, or HPV vaccines can only prevent 90 percent of possible cervical cancers and other cancer diseases related to sexually transmitted diseases. In regards to the effectiveness of the vaccination, it was revealed that HPV vaccines work better in fewer doses, according to the NPR.

It was assumed that the vaccine could effectively protect the individual from sexually transmitted diseases," Dr. H. Cody Meissner then explained that it does not work that way. He then added that the HPV vaccine should have been advertised in a way that its focus is on cancer, and not STD infections.

"You only get one chance to make a first impression," Dr. Meissner, stated as he described the effectiveness of the vaccine. "This vaccine should have been introduced as a vaccine that will prevent cancer, not sexually transmitted infections."

HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. Despite its rampant increase in terms of the people affected, it was explained that the earlier versions of the HPV vaccine can effectively reduce the number of HPV-related cancer by 25,000 per year, according to a study published in the Journal of National Cancer Institute.

The new HPV vaccine is expected to prevent at least 5,000 cancer-related deaths per year. It was then added that compliance should be taken into consideration.

Public health advocates then pointed out that parents and children would benefit if they would push for the compliance of the two-HPV vaccine-dose regimen. Health care providers continually push for their findings where it was highlighted that HPV vaccines work better in fewer doses.

"They're not getting the one vaccine that protects against diseases from which they're most likely to suffer and die," Offit stated.

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