Health experts continue to see increases in the percentage of teens between the ages of 13 and 15 getting HPV vaccines.
A report was released by the Central for Disease Control last week that said 6 out of 10 parents now choose to have their teenagers receive the HPV vaccine. However, health officials continue to insist that it is still not a sufficiently high percentage and more teens need to be vaccinated.
Even though officials from the CDC say the amount of teens receiving the vaccine has increased, they said in 2017 only 27% of teens between the ages of 13 and 15 were given the 3 recommended doses of the vaccine.
One obstacle is that many teens are receiving their first HPV dose, but then are not following that up with either the second or third one to finish the vaccine series of three shots.
The HPV virus can lead to an overwhelming majority of cervical cancer cases and over 50% of all cancers of the throat.
The HPV virus is most often spread via sexual contact. However, health officials say that the vaccine is able to prevent as much as 90% of the associated cancers in both men and women.
Officials have also said that the HPV vaccine, which is not required, but recommend it to prevent the form of HPV virus that can cause cancer.
The vaccine will help to stop cancer and officials have said they are already seeing benefits of the increase in vaccines when looking at the most recent cancer data released.
They said that the number of cervical cancer cases have dropped since the vaccine was introduced in many different areas of the U.S.
Nationally, it was found by the CDC that more teens between 13 and 17 years of age received at least one of the HPV vaccine doses last year, which represents an increase of 4% from the prior year.
Just recently, the CDC released changes to the dosage recommendations for the vaccine.
Now for teens who are less than 15 years of age, only two doses are required to fulfill the HPV vaccine requirements for full protection due to the strong immune responses to today’s vaccine.
Those who are between 15 and 26 years of age, still require the full 3 doses of the HPV vaccine to receive the complete protection against cervical or other forms of cancer that the HPV virus can help cause.