June 2018 Volume 159, p1-156
Operationalizing outcome measures of human papillomavirus vaccination among adolescents
Odoh, M. Sanderson, E.A. Williams, P.C. Hull
Published online: March 30, 2018
:: Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination is considered on time when given at ages 11 or 12 years.
:: HPV vaccine initiation can be measured at any age or before the 13th birthday.
:: This methodological article compared these two operationalizations of initiation.
:: The age effect and gender differences differed between the two initiation measures.
:: Researchers should consider including on-time HPV vaccination as an outcome.