Doctors Recommend Vaccination Of Children – Part 2 of 3
When Alcaraz looked at responses by race, blacks reported even more uncertainty about how real the vaccine was, with 78 percent saying they did not know how well it worked. Alcaraz is due to report her findings Saturday at an American Association for Cancer Research symposium on health disparities, held in Atlanta. The study was funded by the American Cancer Society. Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as groundwork until published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Although the vaccine has been available for seven years, the percentage of young people getting it remains low. About one-third of teen girls received the recommended three doses. Even fewer boys, possibly 5 percent, have gotten vaccinated citing CDC numbers. The three-shot series costs about $400. Once a vaccine is recommended, as the HPV one is, bond plans typically cover them, according the CDC, although there may be lag time.
A federally funded Vaccines for Children program offers help to those eligible. Under the federal Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” all experimental private insurance plans will cover the vaccines for the recommended groups. Those who buy insurance through the exchanges or who are newly eligible for Medicaid will also be covered for the vaccine in 2014, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.