Only small increase in US girls getting cervical cancer shot

More U.S. girls are getting a controversial vaccine, but the increase last year was only slight.

A national survey released Thursday found 60 percent of adolescent girls received at least one of three doses of the vaccine against , or HPV. It was 57 percent in 2013.

For boys, the rate was 42 percent, up from 34 percent.

The vaccine has been available to girls since 2006 but has been recommended for boys since 2011. It protects against cervical cancer and . The shots are recommended at age 11 or 12, to protect youths before they start to have sex.

Health officials say not enough pediatricians are strongly recommending HPV shots. Vaccination rates against other diseases like are much higher.


Explore further

1 in 5 boys got HPV shot in first year recommended

More information: CDC report: www.cdc.gov/mmwr

© 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Citation: Only small increase in US girls getting cervical cancer shot (2015, July 30) retrieved 23 October 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-07-small-girls-cervical-cancer-shot.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
9 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more