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Fewer HPV Vaccination Amid Pandemic, CDC Study Finds

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Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the attention towards other diseases and health issues has reduced, and the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is one of the biggest examples. 

The vaccine was introduced in 2006, and since then, the disease was gradually becoming less prevalent every year. HPV is a precursor to several cancers. Also, it is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the US. 

The Washington Post reports that the numbers are falling. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives alarming data. According to the CDC report, the vaccination number has fallen by 75%. The reason is the COVID pandemic. In fact, according to many studies, the pandemic has led to a delay of about 35% of healthcare visits. 

The study by the CDC focused on the challenges to the HPV vaccination at the healthcare facilities that serve adolescents. 

In 2021, a study published in the journal Vaccine found that during the first COVID wave, vaccine coverage dropped by 75% compared to the previous year’s statistics.  

Moreover, the study warned that if the adolescents didn’t get their jabs, then thousands of new cases would emerge. Also, even before the pandemic, only about 54% of teens in the US were up to date on their HPV vaccines. 

The vaccine study also found geographical disparities in people getting the complete doses of cancer-causing diseases. People living in urban and semi-urban centers were more likely to be jabbed. 

To understand the situation in a better way, the researchers also conducted some interviews with clinicians in rural areas of Iowa to learn about the effects of pandemics on HPV vaccination. 

The clinicians said that because of a lack of proper information about the COVID, most people were reluctant to visit clinics for HPV vaccination as they were afraid of getting the coronavirus, says a Washington Post report. 

The CDC says that the drop in children’s vaccination may raise the risk of an outbreak of other diseases when the schools will reopen in full strength. 

Another hurdle in the vaccination process was logistics. As the pandemic began, the focus completely shifted for months, and many healthcare workers were too busy with COVID wards or related functions. 

Experts believe that the low HPV vaccinations rate may worsen the situation for teens if another COVID wave hits. 

 

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