Clinicians are missing the chance to give the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to teenage patients when they administer other vaccines, according to an analysis of patient records that included more than 14,000 adolescent girls. Among the findings:
- Among 14,588 teenage girls, only 6,098 (41.8%) were given the HPV vaccine.
- The HPV vaccine was given to 37.1% of girls when they received tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine or the 4-valent meningococcal conjugate vaccine.
- Non-pediatricians were less vigilant than pediatricians with regard to giving HPV vaccines, with 60.8% missing the opportunity, vs 50.7% for pediatricians.
- Researchers stressed the need to convert missed vaccination opportunities into cancer prevention visits.
Espinosa CM, Marshall GS, Woods CR, et al. Missed opportunities for human papillomavirus vaccine initiation in an insured adolescent female population. [Published online ahead of print September 23, 2017]. J Pediatr Infect Dis Soc. doi.org/10.1093/jpids/pix067.
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