October 26, 2016

What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew

When Kyle Schwartz started teaching third grade at Doull Elementary School in Denver, she wanted to get to know her students better. She asked them to finish the sentence “I wish my teacher knew.” The responses were eye-opening for Ms. Schwartz.

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CDC now recommends just two HPV vaccine doses for preteens

Children who start getting vaccinated against human papillomavirus before 15 need only two doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decided Wednesday.

Its previous recommendation was for a three-shot regimen, but studies have shown that two doses work just as well. Experts predict that the simpler, more flexible timeline will result in higher rates of HPV vaccination, which has lagged among both girls and boys.

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HPV Vaccine Misunderstood Despite Decade of Safety and Effectiveness

Traditional childhood vaccinations gave parents relief and satisfaction that their child was protected from an immediate threat; a disease they had seen firsthand in their community.  In contrast, the HPV vaccine is given to a well child whose risk for developing HPV-related cancers is not until many years later in adulthood. This fundamental difference about HPV vaccine may be a core reason for the low acceptance rate of the vaccine by parents.

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