August 6, 2015 — In today's clips, CBS News discusses why many U.S. children have not received the HPV vaccine despite government recommendations. Elsewhere, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) lambasts congressional efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.
Despite government recommendations that all children receive the human papillomavirus by age 12, a new report finds that only 60% of teenage females and 42% of teenage males in the U.S. have received the vaccine, a "much lower rate than other vaccines," CBS News' Scott Pelly reports.
In a conversation with Pelly, CBS Chief Medical Correspondent Jon LaPook notes that, according to CDC, the "number-one reason" for the low vaccine rate "is that not enough pediatricians are recommending it." Another reason could be that few states require students to have the vaccine to attend school. Further, LaPook notes that some parents do not think their children need the vaccine until they are sexually active. However, he notes that the HPV vaccine "works better, it evokes a stronger immune response, when given at a younger age" (Pelly, CBS News, 7/30).
In this C-SPAN clip from Bustle, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) blasts a proposed bill (S 1881) that would have defunded Planned Parenthood, saying in a floor speech, "[U]sing pregnancy as a political football doesn't sit well with the people I represent and the people of this country."
Noting a similar 2011 effort to defund the organization, Boxer explains that Planned Parenthood provides primary health care services to "2.7 million women and men" annually. Further, she rejects a conservative-backed plan to send such individuals to community health centers instead, citing a report from one such center in California that "says [it] cannot take any more patients. [It] cannot take that, 700,000 patients" (Boxer, C-SPAN, 8/3).
The Senate on Monday voted against the legislation in a 53-46 vote (Women's Health Policy Report, 8/4).
KJCT8's Alicia Gentile, Kelsey Perkins and Matt Vanderveer discuss how a "new, cheaper" intrauterine device called Liletta might help the Mesa County Health Department further increase IUD use in the county and curb rates of teenage pregnancy and unintended pregnancy.
Allison Sanchez of the Mesa County Health Department said of the new IUDs, "It's more cost effective for us to offer those. So hopefully we have more people that come in and use them and then we'll have more people on a long acting birth control and [that] will help reduce overall teen and unwanted pregnancy rates." According to Perkins, the lower-cost IUD could be particularly helpful for MCHD because funding the department received "from a Colorado initiative to reduce unplanned pregnancies" to provide IUDs "to residents for little to no cost" recently was cut (Gentile et al., KJCT8, 8/1).