According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HPV infections are responsible for about 27,000 new cancer diagnoses each year in the U.S. Yet fewer than 40 percent of girls and just more than 21 percent of boys receive the recommended three doses. The percentages fall short of the goal of 80 percent by the end of this decade as set by Healthy People 2020.
In a release from the UW Carbone Cancer Center, Dr. Howard Bailey, director of the UW Carbone Cancer Center, stated "“The HPV vaccine is about cancer prevention. It’s our best defense to stop HPV infection in our youth and prevent HPV-related cancers.”
The CDC recommends that boys and girls receive three doses at ages 11 - 12 years. The HPV vaccine series can be started as early as age 9 and should be completed by the 13th birthday. The HPV vaccine is more effective the earlier it is given. The main predictor of HPV vaccination is a strong provider recommendation. The WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program has continued collaborating with partners to improve HPV vaccination rates in Wisconsin.