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Paper Chase 2: Announcements vs Conversations to Improve HPV Vaccinations

Roy Benaroch, MD and Geoffrey R. Simon, MD
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Roy and Geoff review current hot topics in the pediatric literature.

 

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Beezer M. -

If you think about it, the hepatitis B vaccine is very similar - it prevents a sexually transmitted disease which may eventually lead to cancer - but there is no controversy around that (or nearly as much), and I think it's just because of the timing of the vaccine. The hepatitis B vaccine is given at 1-2 months, 4 months, and 6 months. The HPV vaccine is just given at a more awkward age, too young for parents to think about their daughters (or sons) as someone who could be sexually active but old enough where it is becoming a hidden concern. I have seen pediatricians hem and haw and give an endless list of pros about the HPV vaccine, and what the parent hears is that the doctor is obviously uncomfortable about this particular vaccine. It makes sense to just mention it as one of the recommended vaccines without a lengthy conversation detailing every mommy-blog concern and debunking it before giving the injection.

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