National HPV Vaccination Program Would Provide Big Benefits

The HPV vaccine provides effective protection from the human papilloma virus and the cancers it can induce. Because HPV is transmitted sexually, inclusion in mandatory vaccination schedules has been a controversial issue, and legislation varies by state. Complicating matters further, companies have continued to improve the vaccine, expanding the list of viral strains that it protects against. A new study in PNAS finds that having states require the latest, most protective HPV vaccine for girls and boys would be highly cost-effective and would lead to better health outcomes at the national level.

Source: National HPV vaccination program would provide big benefits

… not while the christian far right still insists it promotes promiscuous sexual behavior.

The CDC’s Vaccine Quiz Tells You Which Vaccines to Get as an Adult

Autism or death from pneumococcal meningitis. It’s a simple choice, really 😉

By your early 20s, there’s a good chance you are due for some boosters, said Dr. Wanda Filer, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. You may also “need to play catch-up” if you’ve missed any vaccines or failed to complete a series, she said.

Everyone needs a tetanus and diphtheria booster every 10 years; the shots are often combined. So if you were 12 the last time you had a tetanus shot, you’re due for one at 22.

Adults ages 19 to 64 should also get a pertussis, or whooping cough, booster. Pregnant women should be vaccinated against pertussis toward the end of each pregnancy in order to protect their newborns from this disease, which can be devastating for a baby.

Source: Ask Well: Booster Shots for Grown-Ups

Here’s the direct link to the CDC online vaccination quiz.  And just because some people get bad reactions, doesn’t mean we all should avoid them.

Doctors are always impressed by my exact knowledge of my last tetanus shot – March, 2015.  I broke ribs, will never forget that.  The pain that came from sneezing, coughing or even laughing…

Vaccinations Have Reduced HPV in Teenage Girls by Nearly Two-Thirds

A decade after its introduction, the vaccine for human papillomavirus has reduced the prevalence of this cancer-causing STD in teenage girls by nearly two-thirds. It’s an incredible success story, leading experts to question why HPV vaccinations aren’t more common in the United States.

Source: Vaccinations Have Reduced HPV in Teenage Girls by Nearly Two-Thirds

I’m convinced that people who think that providing birth control, sex ed, or this vaccine will make teens more promiscuous don’t remember being a teenager. The majority of teens are going to have sex. If you don’t give them the tools and knowledge to have safe sex, they will have unsafe sex. No matter how icky you find it or how much you don’t want them to do it, it’s going to happen.