Of those cancers, 31,200 can be prevented with an HPV vaccination.
Despite that and even after more than 10 years since the vaccine's inception, HPV vaccination rates among adolescents and teenagers are much lower compared to whooping cough and bacterial meningitis vaccinations. In many states, vaccination rates among youths for HPV is almost 30 or more percentage points lower than those for whooping cough and meningitis.
As this generation of children grow older and begin aging out of the recommended HPV vaccination age range of 21 for men and 26 for women and gay men,
In June, the
"Women and men ages 27 to 45 continue to be at risk for acquiring HPV, which can lead to cervical cancer and certain other HPV-related cancers and diseases," Dr.
In analyzing data from the 2017 National Immunization Survey-Teen for 20,949 adolescents aged 13 to 17 in 2017, the
Most other states are like
The highest rates of HPV vaccination are largely in the Northeast, save for
Some of the states that had low HPV vaccination rates also had low vaccination rates in general, including
Vaccination rates are also lower in rural areas than they are in urban areas, according to the
Despite the lower numbers in much of the country, health officials are encouraged that the vaccination rate has been increasing about 5 percent each year over the last five years.
"While we understand it can be a challenge for some clinicians in rural areas to stock all recommended vaccines, these clinicians can still play a critical role in their patients' health and protect them from serious diseases by referring them to other vaccine providers," said Dr.
Getting more children vaccinated can be difficult given the sexual nature of the diseases that result from HPV infections -- and the ensuing discussion parents and doctors could have with the child, who could be as young as 9 when the vaccine schedule starts.
The HPV vaccine has also been attacked by those who oppose other vaccines, using the argument that the vaccine can cause infertility.
The side effects associated with HPV vaccines include dizziness, and
Other side effects can be pain, redness or swelling in the arm/injection site, as well as nausea or a headache.
"The benefits of HPV vaccination far outweigh any potential risk of side effects," the
"This vaccine is the best way to protect our youth from developing cancers caused by HPV infection,"
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