Wednesday, October 30, 2013

HPV Vaccine Coverage- Disparities Abound

Today I am giving the VCU Infectious Diseases Fellowship lecture of herpes viruses and human papilloma virus (HPV) infections.

I stumbled across this recent article in Clinical Infectious Diseases on low uptake of the HPV vaccine. In this report, minority and below poverty adolescents consistently had higher series initiaion than white and above poverty adolescents.

HPV infects all and vaccination is highly effective. Socio-cultural barriers, prejudice against vaccination and misinformation on vaccine safety must all be addressed.

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