A Push for HPV Vaccinations

Source: New York Times | Page: D5

By: Tavernise, Sabrina


The U.S. government recommends that all adolescent girls receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to protect against cervical cancer, but only 35 percent of girls aged 13 to 17 have received a full, three-shot course of the vaccine, according to 2011 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other studies suggest that the rate of intent to vaccinate is declining. Doctors and federal health officials are trying to decide how to get more children vaccinated. Providing the first dose at a doctor’s office and the other two at schools or pharmacies could make the vaccine more accessible. Emphasizing the HPV vaccine’s role in cancer prevention, instead of sexually transmitted disease prevention, may make parents more willing to have their children vaccinated.

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