The survey, which was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shows that there is a slight increase in the number of 13 to 17-year-old girls and boys receiving the HPV vaccine. This is the second consecutive year that there has been an increase.
In spite of these increases, an estimated four out of 10 adolescent girls do not receive the HPV vaccine series, and an estimated six out of 10 adolescent boys do not receive it. According to some health experts, this leaves adolescents more vulnerable to cancers that begin as HPV infections.
Persistent infections of HPV can cause cancers in the vagina, cervix and vulva for women, and cancers of the penis for men, and cancers of the oropharynx and anus for both women and men.
“The large increases in these diverse parts of the country show us it is possible to do much better at protecting our nation’s youth from cancers caused by HPV infections,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general and director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said. “We are missing crucial opportunities to protect the next generation from cancers caused by HPV.”
Further details are available in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
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