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Medical News & Perspectives
April 21, 2015

Why the “No-Brainer” HPV Vaccine Is Being Ignored

JAMA. 2015;313(15):1502-1504. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.2090

Rodney Willoughby, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Medical College of Wisconsin, can’t help thinking about the future—a future in which thousands of men and women develop precancerous or cancerous lesions that could have been prevented had they been vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) as 11- or 12-year-olds.

“The family practitioners and pediatricians do a really bad job in promoting HPV vaccination for a variety of reasons,” said Willoughby, a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) working group on the HPV vaccine and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Infectious Diseases. “We recognize that we are falling down on the job. This is actually a real emergency.”