Is your teen up-to-date on shots? Maybe not. A study out this week shows teens aren't getting the recommended HPV vaccine.

Since 2005, teen immunizations have been recommended, but rates of teens up-to-date on shots lag. Back in 2007 recommendations were expanded to include HPV vaccine. For girls. In 2011, both boys and girls were recommended to get HPV shots. Although the majority of teens get the Tdap shot (tetanus and whooping cough booster) only around one-third of teen girls are up to date on their HPV shot.

Teen shots recommended at age 11

  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)
  • MCV4 (meningitis)
  • HPV (human papillomavirus)

Pediatrics study on teen shots

  • From 2008 to 2010, parents declined HPV shots more than others
  • Intention to get HPV shot decreased over the years
  • 80 percent of teens had their Tdap. 63 percent had MCV4. 32 percent had HPV
  • Parents concern about side effects tripled from 2008 to 2010.
  • Many parents thought Tdap/MCV4 shots weren t recommended

What parents need to know

  • HPV, Tdap, and MCV4 are all recommended at age 11
  • Both boys and girls benefit from HPV shots
  • No serious safety concerns with HPV shot
  • Don t wait until teens are sexually active
  • Parental anxiety about shots increases teen anxiety


Pediatrics study on why teens don t get shots

NPR: Worried Parents Balk At HPV

CDC HPV Fact Sheet

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