Important HPV Vaccine Information!
HPV VACCINE CAN PREVENT CANCER, but Texas ranks 47th in the country for vaccination rates!!
The FDA approved a cancer prevention vaccine that helps protect against six types of cancer related to human papillomavirus (HPV). But 12 years later, Texas ranks 47th out of 50 states for HPV vaccination rates among children ages 13 to 17, with only 33 percent of kids receiving this vaccine. The goal is to reach an annual vaccination rate of 80 percent of 13 year olds in the United States by 2026. If all 11 and 12 year olds were vaccinated, an estimated 90 percent of HPV cancers could be prevented, amounting to more than 29,000 fewer cancers per year.
We all have vested interest in fighting for a world free of cancer, but now is the time to make a renewed effort to increase HPV vaccination rates.