Some Doctors Don’t Urge HPV Shots for Preteens

Some doctors need a clearer understanding of reasons to vaccinate preteens against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus HPV.

The survey in the publication Pediatrics finds that many pediatricians and family doctors are not strongly recommending the cancer-preventing HPV vaccine to preteens and their parents, contributing to low vaccination rates. HPV can cause cervical and other cancers.

HPV shots
HPV shots

The most common reasons doctors cited for delaying HPV discussions and vaccinations included a belief that patients hadn’t had sex and that parents would object.

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