HPV Vaccination Coverage Data
The latest HPV vaccination coverage estimates in the 2016 National Immunization Survey-Teen show that most parents are choosing to get the HPV vaccine for their child. In 2016, 60 percent of teens aged 13-17 years received one or more doses of HPV vaccine, an increase of 4 percentage points from 2015.
The gap in HPV vaccination rates between boys and girls continues to narrow. About 65 percent of girls received the first dose of HPV vaccine compared to 56 percent of boys receiving the first dose. These latest estimates represent a 6 percentage point increase from 2015 for boys, while rates for girls were similar to 2015.
Although most children are getting their first dose of HPV vaccine, many children are not completing the vaccination series. Only 43 percent of teens are up to date on all the recommended doses of HPV vaccine. Adolescents who get the first dose of HPV vaccine before their 15th birthday need two doses of HPV vaccine to be protected against HPV cancers. Teens and young adults who start the series at ages 15 through 26 years need three doses of HPV vaccine to be protected against HPV cancers. HPV vaccination rates are lower in rural and less urban areas. Those communities could benefit from additional effort to increase coverage.
Recent changes to HPV vaccine recommendations mean preventing HPV cancers is easier now than ever before. CDC recommends 11 to 12 year olds get just two doses of HPV vaccine to prevent HPV cancers. CDC urges providers to recommend HPV vaccination for all their 11- and 12-year-old patients on the same day and in the same way they recommend other preteen vaccines.
Take Action By:
- Knowing your state HPV vaccine coverage rates to see how you’re doing with HPV vaccination in comparison.
- Sharing information about your state’s HPV vaccination rates with your office staff and colleagues.
- Identifying the ways that you can boost HPV vaccination rates in your practice and sharing what is working well in your practices with other immunization providers in your community.
- Page last reviewed: March 10, 2017
- Page last updated: August 24, 2017
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