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October 23, 2014

CDC Updates Stats on Low Teen Cancer Vaccination Rates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently sounded an alarm with new statistics about the low rate of vaccination of teenagers against human papillomavirus. The health monitoring agency noted that teens are getting the HPV cancer vaccine at a lower rate than other vaccines.

The agency estimates that based upon overall vaccination rates, more than 91 percent of 13-year old girls should be vaccinated, but the rate is only 57.3 percent. The low rate of HPV vaccination is an ongoing CDC concern.

CQ HealthBeat also reported earlier this year that a White House advisory board report from the President’s Cancer Panel urged that improving access to the HPV vaccine should be a top priority. However, the Congressional Research Service, in a report on mandatory vaccinations issued earlier this year, noted that some states allow parents to opt-out of a HPV vaccine requirement.

 

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