Teens & the HPV vaccine

August 1, 2014

The CDC releases its numbers on how many adolescents receive the human papillomavirus vaccine.

According to the assistant surgeon general and director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Anne Schuchat, MD, uptake continues to be “unacceptably low” on the vaccine that can protect adolescents against human papillomavirus (HPV) infection today and cancer in later life. “Frustrating” was how she deemed having to report virtually the same coverage level for girls for yet another year.

Schuchat’s July 23rd briefing was an affidavit on chances lost. Pediatricians and PCPs, Schuchat contends, are uniquely situated to prevent missed opportunities by inoculating against HPV when Tdap and meningococcal vaccines are administered.

 

Hear the briefing  http://1.usa.gov/1s6BTMF

Read the briefing transcript  http://1.usa.gov/1ltDJmP

Read the CDC MMWR Report  http://1.usa.gov/1rdFRT9