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Flu vaccine visits reveal missed opportunities for HPV vaccination

Key clinical point: Many primary care visits represent a missed opportunity to administer the HPV vaccine with the flu vaccine.

Major finding: 68% of primary care visits involving flu vaccine administration were missed opportunities to give patients aged 11-17 years the HPV vaccine.

Study details: The findings are based on a retrospective review of EHRs from 2015 to 2018 for 40,129 patients, aged 11-17 years, during 52,818 visits at 48 pediatric practices in 19 states.

Disclosures: The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Research Network to Improve Children’s Health. The authors reported no relevant financial disclosures.


Kelly MK. Influenza Vaccine Visits are an Underutilized Avenue for Increasing Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination Rates: An AAP Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) National Primary Care Research Network Study. PAS 2019, Abstract 3350.5.