Few states require HPV vaccine

The NPR “Shots” blog reports that “nine years after it was first approved in June 2006, the HPV vaccine has had a far more sluggish entree into medical practice than other vaccines at a similar point in their history, according to a report in … JAMA.” The blog adds that “according to the CDC’s most recent data,” only “37.6 percent of American teenage girls have received all three doses of the HPV vaccine, and just 13.9 percent of American teenage boys.”

Reuters reports that the JAMA research letter says that just two states and Washington DC require children to get the vaccine.

HealthDay reports, however, that “researchers say most U.S. states do require other vaccines routinely recommended for preteens and teenagers – the vaccines against hepatitis B, chickenpox and meningitis.”

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