The American Academy of Nursing released a policy brief on the need for accelerated uptake and support for HPV vaccinations throughout U.S. communities on Monday, July 9.
The brief details that the vaccinations can help prevent a variety of cancers later in life, in particular high-risk HPVs, which are referred to as high-risk HPVs. These high-risk HPVs are responsible for around 40-50% of all vaginal and vulvar cancers in women, and cause 75% of all anal and perianal cancers in both men and women.
According to the policy brief, early HPV-vaccinations in children and young adults has been shown to be effective in preventing these cancers later in life. “The Academy has long supported vaccines as a means of reducing incidences of diseases,” Academy President Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FAAN said. “HPV vaccinations are both safe and effective in preventing many cancers later in life, and are also a low-cost solution.”
The Academy recommends increased HPV vaccination coverage for 9 to 26 year olds throughout U.S. communities. They also support ongoing evaluations of the vaccination program approaches.