HPV Prevalence Down by 64% Since Introduction of Vaccine
According to a new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics in March 2016, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has proven to be effective.
The prevalence of HPV is down 64% since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the HPV vaccine a decade ago. Specifically, HPV among females ages 14 to19 dropped from 11.5% in 2003-2006 to 4.3% in 2009-2012. And it dropped among women ages 20 to 24 from 18.5% to 12.1% as well.
The CDC noted this study also provides the first national evidence of the effect of the HPV vaccine on women in their 20s.
Despite these encouraging findings, the number of young people getting the vaccination is growing more slowly than expected. Only 42% of girls and 22% of boys between the ages of 13 and 17 have received the vaccine series.