Are Ladies Slacking on the HPV Vaccine?

The HPV vaccine protects against cervical cancer and genital warts. The national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that all girls and boys ages 11 and 12 get all three doses of the vaccine. (Ladies and gents ages 13-26 who haven’t had all three doses yet can get catch-up shots.) Yet national studies tell us that only about one in three girls ages 13-17 have had all three doses of the HPV vaccine. About half have gotten at least one dose—which means half haven’t gotten a single dose. So why aren’t more girls getting the vaccine? And why don’t more of the girls who start it get all three doses?

The Staying on Track Study asked these questions of 365 women ages 19-26 in 10 reproductive health clinics around the U.S. These women decided to get their first dose of the vaccine the day they started the study. Just under half (45%) had health insurance. Over 90% had finished high school or a college degree.

Here’s what the study found:

  • One in four of the women (24%) hadn’t heard about the HPV vaccine before their health care provider offered it that day. Those who had heard of it before learned about it on TV, from a health care provider, or from friends and family.
  • Around half the women said they hadn’t started the vaccine before because it was too expensive (48%) or they just had never gotten around to it (51%).
  • One in five women said they were concerned about the vaccine’s side effects.
  • Half the women in this study got text message, email, or phone reminders about their second and third dose, but the reminders didn’t make any difference. Only 18% of women completed the vaccine within eight months, whether they got reminders or not.

Clearly, providers should be recommending the HPV vaccine to more young women. We’ve written before about the safety of the HPV vaccine; a gigantic study with nearly 200,000 women show there are minimal side effects. The shots shouldn’t be too expensive for anyone who has health insurance or Medicaid—in fact, they should be free thanks to the new health care law.

What about never getting around to it? Life is busy, it’s true—but we think a generation with no cervical cancer is worth the effort.


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Tanya W.
Tanya W3 years ago


Tanya W.
Tanya W3 years ago


Margaret B.
Margaret B3 years ago

p.s. it's the pharmaceutical companies that are 'slacking' on people's health - not the women slacking on taking the drugs!!
Wise up everybody - don't get caught on the medicine merry-go-round. It is not a fun ride!

Margaret B.
Margaret B3 years ago

I have a phobia toward pharmaceutical drugs.

Lepidopter Phoenyx

You coudn't get me to take Gardisil at gunpoint.

Tanya Selth
Tanya Selth3 years ago

Gardasil (the HPV vaccine) caused a serious sleeping sickness disorder (similar to ME/CFS which is life destroying!) to the point that some countries stopped giving this in their health preventation programs to teens. This vaccine is not safe and can cause permanant disability.

Please read the post a couple of posts down from mine from someone who's wife who took this and what has happened to her. Its true, damage from vaccines isnt being reported. No one knows just how many have been permanently damaged by this vaccine. The drug companies are running the show and supply to info to your doctors.

When someone does have a bad affect from these, one is usually it "It couldnt have been the vaccine, it doesnt do that" and cases not reported.

Leslie O.
Leslie Owen3 years ago

Eh I don't know about this drug.

Paul Wesley
Paul Wesley3 years ago

The HPV vaccine almost killed BOTH my daughter and my wife.

Wife got the vaccine just days after conceiving (we didn't know), causing a terribly risky fetal malformation. Our daughter had a 1 in 10,000 chance of surviving ... mother almost died in the delivery room, but both narrowly escaped death.

HOWEVER, the vaccine also triggered an auto-immune response in my wife (we didn't know until months later), similar to Lupus. My wife is nearly paralyzed. He has lesions all over her body. She wakes up every morning in terrible pain. That means, overnight, I lost my parenting partner, and am solely responsible for work AND caregiver of 2 children.

And we later learned, this is a COMMON response to the HPV vaccine!! I'm sorry but this is MUCH worse than actually contracting HPV!!

(You should also know, Big Pharma are exempt from prosecution - nobody is ever going to pay a claim on this. 4 years later, they won't even accept our statement! They are supposed to have an adverse affect reporting system in place - we have invested over 100 hours just trying to report our incident, nobody wants to hear it, our story is STILL excluded from the statistics, which are horrible anyway! Just imagine if every negative effect was actually reported!).

Getting these vaccines can RUIN your life! They can RUIN your kid's lives! They can KILL you.

An acquaintance of ours got her routine vaccines for her child at 18 months. She protested, had been putting them off, but the doctor tal

Rudy V.
Rudy V3 years ago

Please, if you have teens, Do Not let your doctor convince you into to the HPV vaccine for
your child!!
According to my three teens, the girls that took this vaccine are having major health problems
Cervical cancer, if noticed early on is apparently very treatable.

Lone Wolf
Lone W4 years ago

Shame on you James. You are promoting behavior that can cost women their lives. You obviously have not really read all the evidence around this vaccine. But worse, you have never held a dying woman, who was dying because of cervico-uterine cancer.

The HPV vaccine does not only prevent the papilloma infections and their related cancers, but it also reduces the incidence of cervicouterine cancer in women with a genetic predisposition to it.

Futhermore, I would encourage the vaccination of adolescent males. Why? Because then they would not transmit the HPV virus to the girls, and may even reduce the incidence of certain cancers in the boys when they are older.

If anyone does not want companies to make money off vaccines, then petition the goverments, so that they are the ones who produce the vaccines needed.

But before you blame all the pharmaceutical companies for being greedy with vaccines, just remember that it was pharmaceutical companies that led the way in making the polio and tuberculosis vaccines available. This led to a huge reduction in deaths and an even greater increase in the quality of life of people who would have contracted this diseases.