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January 2019

Human Papillomavirus Vaccination and School Entry Requirements: Politically Challenging, but Not Impossible

Author Affiliations
  • 1Community and Family Health Concentration, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa
  • 2Department of Health Behavior & Health Systems, School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth
  • 3Department of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(1):6-7. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.3327

Anogenital and oropharyngeal cancers that are attributed to oncogenic strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) number approximately 31 500 per year in the United States (https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/hpv/statistics/cases.htm), and despite the availability of a safe and effective HPV vaccine that protects against these strains, the United States has a disappointing record of vaccine uptake after more than a decade of promoting the vaccine for adolescents.