The HPV vaccine is one of the most advertised vaccines around. The push to get more parents to accept the HPV vaccine as a part of routine life is as big as any push we’ve seen.
But the thing is, it’s all failing.
Parents simply aren’t getting their children the HPV vaccine.
In Wisconsin, the associate director for health sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute says he’s “frustrated” over the matter of unimpressive HPV vaccine density.
In Wisconsin, only 40 percent of young girls and 22 percent of young men get the vaccine.
“The HPV vaccines … I’m a little frustrated, and you know sometimes even baffled,” Conway said to WPR.com. “I mean we’ve got a vaccine that actually can prevent one of the more common causes of cancers in males and females and in some ways should be a no brainer, I mean it could really change an entire generation.”
The HPV vaccine isn’t required, which goes to show what happens to a vaccine when parents have choices. Unfortunately, its this type of rhetoric that leads to the introduction of new bills proposing vaccine mandates. Instead of further pitching the proposed benefits of the vaccine, the powers that be simply force them on the “unwitting.” This leads to further distrust.
Why force something that’s supposed to work so well?
According to Harvard University, the HPV vaccine should be forced on the herd. Back in 2007, 20 states had mandatory HPV vaccine considerations on the table, which caused heavy backlash. Virginia and D.C. have HPV vaccine mandates, but both have loose exemption laws.
The question now is, how long will the powers that be allow for parental choice on an issue that clearly has them motivated to change.
The lower HPV vaccine data shows rather definitively that many parents are exercising their options on the matter. However, those same numbers also serve to set off the alarm bells at state level governments.