Executive Summary

While public health officials advocate for vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) in girls and boys ages 11-12, they also call for vaccination of young women ages 13-26 and males ages 13-21 who have not been previously vaccinated or did not complete the three-dose series.

  • A 2014 report released by the President’s Cancer Panel says the catch-up period for adolescents and young adults not previously vaccinated is an “important window for cancer prevention.”
  • National statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate only 30.7% of young women and 0.6% of young men have received at least one dose of the HPV vaccine.