Data shows low HPV vaccination rates among Alabama teens
The data was gathered from a national survey, which was part of the 2014 National Immunization Survey (NIS) Teen, involving 20,000 adolescents from across the US. It was sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Alabama’s rates showed that diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccination rates stand at 88.6 percent, above the average in the U.S. Meningitis vaccine coverage amounted to 71.6 percent, which is below the average in the U.S.
Health professionals are concerned that only 39 percent of adolescent girls in Alabama, between 13 and 17 years old, have received all three doses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Only nine percent of adolescent boys in Alabama received all three HPV vaccine doses.
Overall HPV vaccine rates for the US remain low; only 39 percent of adolescent girls received all three doses, and only 21 percent of adolescent boys have received all three doses.
“We are very pleased with our Tdap and meningitis vaccine rates and are working to achieve even higher rates,” Dr. Karen Landers, medical consultant for TB Control and Immunization, said. “However, as a pediatrician, I am very concerned about the low rates of HPV vaccine. As we know from medical research, certain HPV viruses can cause cervical and other cancers.”