The introduction of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine initiated much discussion and controversy among helping professionals. According to the CDC (2014):
HPV vaccines protect against HPV infection and cervical cancers in women. HPV vaccines offer the best protection to girls and boys who receive all three vaccine doses and have time to develop an immune response before being sexually active with another person. That’s why HPV vaccination is recommended for preteen girls and boys at age 11 or 12 years.
The HPV vaccine is not a required immunization; therefore, parents are able to decide whether or not they want their child to have this vaccine.
By Day 4
Post by Day 4 your perspective on how cultural and sexual beliefs may have impacted the Ferris, Horn, and Waller (2010) study on implementing a school-based mandatory HPV vaccine program. Use the week’s resources to support your perspective. Be careful not to use personal experiences.