More teens getting HPV vaccine, CDC reports

Good job, parents. More teens are up-to-date on their HPV vaccines than in previous years, the Centers for Disease Control tells us in a new report. 

University of Miami pediatrician Judith L. Schaechter gives an HPV vaccination to a 13-year-old girl in her office in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images 2011

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The number of adolescents age 13-17 years who have completed the recommended doses in the HPV series was up 5 percentage points from 2016 to 2017. Now 49 percent had completed the series. As well, 66 percent had started the series.

The CDC notes:

In addition to a yearly flu vaccine, CDC recommends three vaccines for all preteen boys and girls:

  • meningococcal conjugate vaccine to protect against meningitis
  • HPV vaccine to protect against HPV cancers; and
  • Tdap booster to protect against whooping cough.

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For kids age 9-14, it’s two doses between six and 12 months apart. For kids age 15 and older, it’s three doses. The second one is a month after the first; the third is three months after that.

The HPV vaccine can prevent 90 percent of the 31,200 cases of cancer caused by HPV in the United States every year.

We know that in Australia, which has had a more intensive HPV vaccination program, doctors are seeing less precancerous cervical lesions now.

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