Rates of HPV Shots Among Teens Lag Behind Other Recommended Vaccines
August 25, 2011
by Denise Mann
More teens are getting their recommended vaccines, but there is still room for improvement. The numbers are especially low for human papillomavirus (HPV) or cervical cancer vaccines among U.S. girls, the CDC reports.
The recommended vaccines for all teens include:
- Two doses of meningococcal meningitis vaccine (MenACWY)
- One dose of the tetanus/diphtheria/whooping cough vaccine (Tdap)
Girls should also get three doses of an HPV vaccine to protect against genital warts, cervical cancer, and other cancers caused by HPV.
The flu vaccine is recommended annually for all people 6 months old and older.
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