July 25, 2013--This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a press briefing that they were not reaching enough U.S. teenagers with the three dose human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV). Even though the vaccine has been proven effective and safe, the percentage of teenage girls receiving the shots has not grown over the past year.
"We're dropping the ball," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC. "Our vaccination rate now is stuck at just one-third of our teen girls. The country of Rwanda has vaccinated more than 80% of their target population. If our rate were that high ... we would have more than 50,000 fewer cases of cervical cancer in the coming years."