One Shot, Two Shot: Study Finds One Dose of HPV Vaccine Could Be Enough

A teenager bares her band-aid after getting the HPV vaccine. Credit: WBUR.

You’ve heard about the importance of getting an HPV vaccine and the surprisingly low percentage of young women who do so in the U.S.  For various reasons — accessibility, cost, bad information — many who start the 3-part vaccination series do not complete it.

But what if a single dose could protect women from HPV around the globe? The results of a new study suggest it very well could. Read the full story here.

 

Insights On Low HPV Vaccination Rates

Public health officials have been somewhat puzzled by low rates of HPV vaccination: only 54% of adolescent girls receive the first dose of the 3-part vaccine series, and only 33% complete it.

What gives? Doctors recommend it. It’s safe and effective. It has the potential to save thousands of lives every year. So why aren’t more people getting the HPV vaccine?

A new study by doctors and public health researchers at the University of Colorado sheds light on who remains unvaccinated and why.  Click here to read more.