Blog | Monday, August 5, 2013

QD: News Every Day--HPV vaccinations stay steady, with half of teen girls getting at least one dose

Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination rates remained steady from 2011 to 2012. Yet, if the vaccine had been administered the same time as another one, coverage could have reached 92.6%, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

HPV vaccination rates for teen girls getting at least one of three recommended doses rose from 25.1% in 2007 to 53% in 2011, and then rose to 53.8% in 2012, with nearly one-third of girls receiving all three doses.

The report appeared in MMWR.

"Despite the availability of safe and effective HPV vaccines, approximately one quarter of surveyed parents did not intend to vaccinate their daughters in the next 12 months," the authors wrote. "Missed vaccination opportunities remain high. Every health-care visit, whether for back-to-school evaluations or acute problems, should be used to assess teenagers' immunization status and provide recommended vaccines if indicated."