More doctors are recommending the HPV Vaccine, but more parents are saying no.
By 2010, almost 44 percent of parents said they did not intend to vaccinate their daughters against human papillomavirus, up from 40 percent in 2008.
"That's the opposite direction that rate should be going," senior researcher Robert Jacobson, M.D., a pediatrician with the Mayo Clinic Children's Center said in a press release.
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A study published online today in the journal Pediatrics shows that while the number of up-to-date vaccination rates for other recommended vaccines for teenagers (namely tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) and meningococcal conjugate vaccine) are up, concerns about the HPV vaccine rose over a three-year period.
About 17 percent of parents surveyed said the vaccination wasn't needed or necessary, and 16 percent cited safety concerns. Over the same period, the percentage of doctors recommending the vaccine rose to 52 percent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended the vaccine for teenage girls since 2007. About 1/3 of eligible girls in the United States have received the vaccine.