CDC: HPV vaccination rates among teens have stalled

07/25/2013 | USA Today · Reuters

The number of 13- to 17-year-old girls who received at least one dose of the human papillomavirus vaccine increased during the first five years of vaccine availability, but the rates stalled between 2011 and 2012, CDC researchers said on Thursday. Most of the unvaccinated girls had missed the opportunity to get the shot while visiting their health care providers for another vaccination, the CDC said. "It's up to doctors to have open, honest and frank discussions with parents about the importance of this vaccine and to ensure their patients get vaccinated," AAP President Thomas McInerny said.

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