The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the results of the 2017 National Immunization Survey-Teen, which showed the number of adolescents who are up to date on HPV vaccination – meaning they started and completed the HPV vaccine series – increased five percentage points from 2016 to 2017. In 2017, roughly half (49 percent) of adolescents received all the recommended doses to complete the series, and 66 percent of adolescents aged 13-17 years received the first dose to start the vaccine series. While HPV vaccination rates are increasing, there is room for improvement as many adolescents have not received all the recommended doses of the HPV and meningococcal conjugate vaccines. The findings also show that adolescents in rural areas are less likely to be vaccinated against HPV cancers and meningitis than adolescents in urban areas.
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