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Few Lupus, IBD Patients Getting HPV Vaccine

Despite being at greater risk of infection, few children and young adults with autoimmune diseases such as lupus, psoriatic arthritis, or inflammatory bowel disease are being vaccinated against human papillomavirus -- the cause of cervical and other cancers, according to a study.

After accessing insurance company databases, Seoyoung Kim, MD, of Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, determined that 8.5% of the individuals diagnosed with autoimmune disease had received at least one dose of an HPV vaccine compared with 9.1% of those without autoimmune disease -- a profoundly low uptake of the vaccine.

And among girls and young women, the group initially targeted for vaccination, just 13.1% with autoimmune diseases received at least one of the three doses of the vaccine and 14.1% without received at least one dose. "These are very low rates," Kim said in a press briefing at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals.

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Source: Medpagetoday.com


Few Lupus, IBD Patients Getting HPV Vaccine

Despite being at greater risk of infection, few children and young adults with autoimmune diseases such as lupus, psoriatic arthritis, or inflammatory bowel disease are being vaccinated against human papillomavirus -- the cause of cervical and other cancers, according to a study.

After accessing insurance company databases, Seoyoung Kim, MD, of Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, determined that 8.5% of the individuals diagnosed with autoimmune disease had received at least one dose of an HPV vaccine compared with 9.1% of those without autoimmune disease -- a profoundly low uptake of the vaccine.

And among girls and young women, the group initially targeted for vaccination, just 13.1% with autoimmune diseases received at least one of the three doses of the vaccine and 14.1% without received at least one dose. "These are very low rates," Kim said in a press briefing at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals.

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Source: Medpagetoday.com



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