Allison Winnike, president and CEO of The Immunization Partnership, wrote an important op-ed about the virus that causes most cervical cancer in the United States. Pointing out that cases of cervical cancer are rising, while vaccination rates for the strains of the HPV virus most likely to cause those cancers remain far too low. Winnike straightforwardly addresses the questions that most concern parents.
Her op-ed was published recently by the Brownsville Herald, where we hope it will persuade parents to have their preteens and teenagers protected with this safe and potentially life-saving vaccine.
Her op-ed points out:
Cancer cases related to the human papillomavirus (HPV) have been heading in the wrong direction, while far too few teenagers in Texas are protected with a simple two-dose vaccine that is proving remarkably successful at preventing those cancers.
There were about 39,000 cases of HPV-related cancers yearly from 2008 to 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, compared with 33,500 a year during the five years before.
Read the full op-ed here.
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