National, Regional, State, and Selected Local Area Vaccination Coverage among Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years — United States, 2015
HPV vaccination could prevent over 90 percent of cancers caused by HPV infections, but many preteens and teens are not getting HPV vaccine during the same visit they get other routinely recommended vaccines. While it is occurring at a slow pace, HPV vaccination is becoming more routine.
Six out of 10 teen girls (63 percent) and five out of 10 teen boys (50 percent) in the United States have started the HPV vaccination series (i.e., received at least one dose of HPV vaccine), according to data from the 2015 National Immunization Survey-Teen (NIS-Teen).
Between 2014 and 2015, there was a small increase in the percentage of girls receiving one or more doses of HPV vaccine and a larger increase in the percentage of boys receiving one or more doses of HPV vaccine.
While a higher percentage of girls are getting HPV vaccine compared with boys, the gap is beginning to narrow.
In comparison with HPV vaccination, about eight out of 10 girls and boys have received the Tdap (86 percent) and meningococcal vaccines (81 percent). This difference highlights missed opportunities to give HPV vaccine during the same visit that other vaccines are given.
CDC MMWR News Synopsis for August 25, 2016