Most think cervical cancer vaccine should be voluntary

June 5, 2006

Close to half of all respondents who voted in a poll posted on DrugTopics Web site in May feel that when the cervical cancer vaccineis approved by the FDA, it should be administered on a voluntarybasis, with a warning given to patients that the shot could beassociated with risky sexual behavior. Only 16% feel that thevaccine should be mandatory for girls at puberty to protect thembefore they become sexually active. Another 16% believe the vaccineshould not be mandatory since there are not enough data on thelong-term safety of the product.

Most think cervical cancer vaccine should be voluntary

Close to half of all respondents who voted in a poll posted on Drug Topics Web site in May feel that when the cervical cancer vaccine is approved by the FDA, it should be administered on a voluntary basis, with a warning given to patients that the shot could be associated with risky sexual behavior. Only 16% feel that the vaccine should be mandatory for girls at puberty to protect them before they become sexually active. Another 16% believe the vaccine should not be mandatory since there are not enough data on the long-term safety of the product. Then there are 17% who think that parents should determine whether their daughters are to be vaccinated. Finally 2% said they didn't know how the vaccine should be applied when it is approved. Overall, the poll drew 510 responses.

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