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HPV Vaccination Rates Low Among US Adolescents

J Infect Dis; ePub 2019 Jan 17; Bednarczyk, et al

Only about 16% of US adolescents completed human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination before the age of 13, despite national recommendations, a new study showed. The analysis of National Immunization Survey Teen Data also found:

  • In 2016, the NIS-Teen surveyed parents of 43,071 13–17 year olds, of which 20,880 (48.5%) gave permission for provider verification of immunization records. Of these 20,880, 20,475 (98.1%) lived in the 50 states or District of Columbia and were included in the analysis.
  • Only 35% of US adolescents completed HPV vaccination before the age of 15.
  • While 23.6% of adolescents initiated HPV vaccination after turning 13, only 7% initiated after turning 15.
  • Vaccination before age 13 can provide better protection against HPV-related cancers.


Bednarczyk RA, Ellingson MK, Omer SB. Human papillomavirus vaccination before 13 and 15 years of age: Analysis of National Immunization Survey Teen Data. [Published online ahead of print January 17, 2019]. J Infect Dis. doi:10.1093/infdis/jiy682.