Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University has partnered with all 71 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers and partner organizations to issue a joint statement urging the nation’s physicians, parents, and young adults to get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination back on track. Dramatic drops in annual wellness visits and immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic have caused a significant vaccination gap and lag in vital preventive services among U.S. children and adolescents – especially for the HPV vaccine. That’s an issue that could lead to real problems. Nearly 80 million Americans – 1 out of every 4 people – are infected with HPV, a virus that causes several types of cancers. Of those millions, more than 36,000 will be diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer this year. Despite those staggering figures and the availability of a vaccine to prevent HPV infections, HPV vaccination rates remain significantly lower than other recommended adolescent vaccines in the U.S.
HPV Vaccination Rates Dangerously Low
Recently, Emory University released a press release to remind health systems, health care professionals, and the public about the risks of the unfor...
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