I’m not getting through to adolescents about the HPV vaccine

New data on vaccination rates among 13-17-year-olds have been released by the CDC. In 2014, more than 87% of adolescents had received at least one dose of Tdap. More than 79% had received at least one dose of the meningococcal vaccine. But only 60% of adolescent girls had received a dose of the HPV vaccine, and only 42% of boys.

Granted, these numbers are up from 2013, when only 57% of girls and 34% of boys had received a dose of HPV vaccine. But there’s still a lot of room for improvement. There are also real geographic differences. Here’s the percentage of adolescent females having received at least one dose of the vaccine by state:

female HPV

Males have pretty significant geographic differences as well:

Is it just me, or do HPV vaccination rates line up pretty well along blue state/red state lines?


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