The latest HPV vaccination coverage estimates show that – while occurring at a slow pace – HPV vaccination is becoming more routine. Six out of 10 teen girls (63 percent) and five out of 10 teen boys (50 percent) in the United States have started the HPV vaccination series (i.e., received at least one dose of HPV vaccine), according to data from the 2015 National Immunization Survey-Teen (NIS-Teen)(https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6533a4.htm). While more girls are getting HPV vaccine compared to boys, the gap is beginning to narrow.
However, fewer teens are getting the HPV vaccine compared to the Tdap and meningococcal vaccines. About 8 out of 10 girls and boys have received the Tdap (86 percent) and meningococcal vaccines (81 percent). This difference highlights missed opportunities to give HPV vaccine during the same visit that other vaccines are given.
CDC urges providers to recommend HPV vaccination for all their 11- and 12-year-old patients on the same day and in the same way they recommend other preteen vaccines.
Take Action By:
- Knowing your state HPV vaccine coverage rates to see how you’re doing with HPV vaccination in comparison.
- Sharing information about your state’s HPV vaccination rates with your office staff and colleagues.
- Identifying the ways that you can boost HPV vaccination rates in your practice and sharing what is working well in your practices with other immunization providers in your community.