Why HPV Vaccination Can’t Wait

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By Larry K. Pickering, MD
Published July 25, 2013, by the American Academy of Pediatrics

A vaccine is available that prevents cancer, but only 50% of eligible adolescent girls and far fewer adolescent boys have been provided this protection. Rates of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine uptake for adolescent females during 2012 have not changed from rates in 2011.

Research indicates that pediatricians anticipate a “difficult” conversation when talking with parents of an 11- or 12-year-old about the HPV vaccine because it may involve a discussion of sexual issues. Read the story.