CDC: Number of young adults receiving HPV vaccine almost doubled in 6 years

Newly released CDC data indicate that the percentage of U.S adults aged 18 to 26 who have received any dose of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine nearly doubled between 2013 and 2018. It increased from 22% in 2013 to 40% in 2018 for these young adults who’d received one or more doses of HPV vaccine.

The HPV vaccination requires multiple doses. CDC recommends two HPV vaccine doses, given 6 to 12 months apart, if the series is started before age 15. Three doses, to be completed within 6 months, are recommended for those who started vaccination at age 15 or older.

According to the 2013 to 2018 survey data, women were more likely than men to have received one or more doses of the HPV vaccine (the vaccine was first recommended for girls in 2006 and for boys in 2011). However, the percentage of men who received one or more doses more than tripled, from 8% in 2013 to 27% in 2018. The percentage of women who’d ever received one or more doses of HPV vaccine increased from 37% in 2013 to 54% in 2018.

Among adults aged 18 to 26 who ever received one or more doses of HPV vaccine, the majority received the first dose between the ages of 13 and 17 years.

Vaccination is routinely recommended at 11 to 12 years and can be started at age 9. For those not vaccinated at 11 to 12 years, CDC said vaccination is recommended for all persons through age 26.