Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is transmitted through sexualcontact between males and females. The virus leads to the formationof penile and cervical carcinomas in both sexes. Various vaccineshave been developed since HPV infections can cause cancer (White,2014). Genital warts are also common manifestations in both sexes.Nevertheless, administration of the HPV vaccine has been low amongteenagers due to the ethical implications.
Many parents view their children as too young to benefit from thevaccine. In this regard, guardians feel that the immunization is bestgiven to sexually active people. Some parents also fear that the HPVvaccine could encourage promiscuity among their children. Otherpeople also feel that the immunization would have detrimentalconsequences on the recipients (White, 2014). Furthermore, thevaccine was often excluded from school requirements. Hence, mandatoryvaccinations had noticeably higher rates of acceptance. careproviders also failed to convince parents of the potential benefits.In fact, some practitioners offered the immunization as an optionalmeasure. The cost and availability of the HPV vaccine are alsoprobable explanations for the low rates of acceptance.
Notably, health care providers can encourage the vaccination rates byappealing to parents. Although guardians may have particularreservations, physicians can highlight the benefits of immunization(White, 2014). Education campaigns can also be conducted to eliminatethe stereotypes concerning the HPV vaccine. Moreover, learninginstitutions can be directed to incorporate the immunization amongthe mandatory requirements for entry. Consequently, parents will beforced to submit their children for vaccination.
Indeed, the HPV vaccine has had a low level of acceptance because ofthe ethical implications associated with the immunization. Manyparents feel that their children are not only too young but alsosexually inactive. Others worry that the HPV vaccine can lead topromiscuity. Nevertheless, healthcare providers can educate parentson the benefits of the immunization. Schools should also include theHPV vaccine among the mandatory requirements.
White, M. D. (2014). Pros, cons, and ethics of HPV vaccine inteens—Why such controversy?. Translational Andrology andUrology, 3(4), 429.