New Report Shows Too Few Are Opting For Life-Saving HPV Vaccine

University of Miami pediatrician Judith L. Schaechter, M.D. gives an HPV vaccination to a 13-year-old girl in her office at the Miller School of Medicine on September 21, 2011 in Miami, Fla.  - (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

University of Miami pediatrician Judith L. Schaechter, M.D. gives an HPV vaccination to a 13-year-old girl in her office at the Miller School of Medicine on September 21, 2011 in Miami, Fla.

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

New Report Shows Too Few Are Opting For Life-Saving HPV Vaccine

Not enough children in the United States are being vaccinated against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus, or HPV, according to new federal research. A look at why American HPV vaccination rates are so low compared to other countries.

Not enough children in the United States are being vaccinated against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus, or HPV, according to a new report by the President’s Cancer Panel. Only about a third of girls and less than 7 percent of boys have received the shots. Some doctors don't promote the HPV vaccine like they do other vaccines. And some parents resist getting their children vaccinated. But health experts say if the HPV vaccination rates were as high as other vaccine rates, an estimated 99,000 future cancer cases could be prevented.

Guests

Barbara Rimer

dean, Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina, and chair of the President's Cancer Panel.

Sherrie Wallington

assistant professor and program director, Health Disparities Initiative, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University Medical Center.

Melinda Wharton

director, Immunization Services Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Yolanda Lewis-Ragland

pediatrician, Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

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