Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Yes to Hpv Vaccine

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Yes to Hpv Vaccine

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I read the June 23 article "Allegheny County Considers Mandate for HPV Vaccine for Students" with great interest. I am an OB/GYNphysician and president and founder of Basic Health International, a nonprofit dedicated to eradicating cervical cancer. I attended the June 22 public forum on the mandate for vaccinating students prior to their entering seventh grade. I am strongly in favor of this mandate. There is ample evidence that the HPV vaccine is safe and effective.

While most speakers supported the mandate, a few opposed it. I want to correct some of the misinformation given. One speaker said that because the vaccine covers only a few HPV types that lead to cervical cancer,vaccination will cause a "type shift" to more lethal HPV types. This is absolutely false. …

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