For those considering whether or not to vaccinate a son or daughter against the human papillomavirus, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention have released new findingsthat highlight a
major statistic in favor of children receiving the HPV immunization.
According to the report, which was published in the journal Pediatrics, the CDC found that there have been 64 percent less cases of teen girls becoming infected with HPV over the last decade of vaccinating against the potentially cancer-causing virus. In addition to the impressive cut in infections in girls, the lead researcher, Dr. Lauri Markowitz, said that there has also been a decrease in cases of genital warts caused by HPV.
“We are continuing to see decreases in the HPV types that are targeted by the vaccine,” saidMarkowitz. “The next thing we expect to see is a decline in precancers, then later on, declines in cancer.”