CDC/ACIP [to 26 August 2017]

CDC/ACIP [to 26 August 2017]
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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Most U.S. teens are getting cancer-preventing vaccine
CDC encourages parents to protect children from cancers caused by HPV
Six out of 10 U.S. parents are choosing to get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for their children, according to a report published in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends parents get two doses of HPV vaccine for their children at ages 11 or 12 to protect against cancers caused by HPV infections. Although most children are getting their first dose of HPV vaccine, many children are not completing the vaccination series.

“I’m pleased with the progress, but too many teens are still not receiving the HPV vaccine – which leaves them vulnerable to cancers caused by HPV infection,” said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. “We need to do more to increase the vaccination rate and protect American youth today from future cancers tomorrow.”

Adolescents who get the first dose of HPV vaccine before their 15th birthday need two doses of HPV vaccine to be protected against cancers caused by HPV. Teens and young adults who start the series at ages 15 through 26 years need three doses of HPV vaccine to be protected against cancers caused by HPV.

Teen HPV vaccination: key findings
The annual National Immunization Survey-Teen (NIS-Teen) report, which examines vaccination coverage among U.S. adolescents, found that 60 percent of teens ages 13 to 17 received one or more doses of HPV vaccine in 2016, an increase of 4 percentage points from 2015.

The report also showed that HPV vaccination is becoming more common among boys. The difference in vaccination rates between boys and girls has been narrowing in recent years. About 65 percent of girls received the first dose of HPV vaccine compared to 56 percent of boys receiving the first dose. These latest estimates represent a 6 percentage point increase from 2015 for boys, while rates for girls were similar to 2015.

Despite these increases, areas for improvement remain. While most adolescents have received the first dose of HPV vaccine, only 43 percent of teens are up to date on all the recommended doses of HPV vaccine. HPV vaccination rates were also lower in rural and less urban areas compared to more urban areas…

MMWR News Synopsis for August 24, 2017
:: National, Regional, State, and Selected Local Area Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years — United States, 2016
Human Papilloma Vvirus (HPV) vaccination prevents cancer. Six out of 10 U.S. parents are choosing to get the HPV vaccine for their children. Although most children are getting their first dose of HPV vaccine, many children are not completing the vaccination series. CDC recommends 11- to 12-year-olds get two doses of HPV vaccine at least six months apart. Most U.S. parents are getting the first dose of HPV vaccine for their child, according to the latest estimates from the National Immunization Survey-Teen. In 2016, 60 percent of teens aged 13-17 years received one or more doses of HPV vaccine, an increase of 4 percentage points from 2015. The gap in HPV vaccination rates between boys and girls continues to narrow. Roughly 65 percent of girls received the first dose of HPV vaccine compared to 56 percent of boys who received the first dose of HPV vaccine. Although most children are getting their first dose of HPV vaccine, there continue to be many children who do not complete the vaccination series. HPV vaccination coverage is lower in rural and less urban areas. Those communities could benefit from additional efforts to increase coverage. Recent changes to HPV vaccine recommendations make it easier for parents to protect their children at the recommended ages. CDC recommends 11 to 12 year olds get two doses of HPV vaccine at least six months apart.