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Health of America: The importance of the HPV vaccine in reducing cancers

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HPV causes 70-90 percent of cervical and throat cancers. Two doses of the HPV vaccine are required for full immunity and can significantly reduce the rates of these cancers. However, HPV vaccine percentages are trending downward.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Health of America data shows that while 57 percent of youth in the Greater Philadelphia region receive their first dose of HPV vaccine, only 31 percent of people get their second dose. It’s important for parents to speak with their child’s health care provider about getting fully vaccinated against HPV.

Led by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Health of America data provides insights and information on how Blue plans are across the nation are leading the way to better health — and  better health care — for America. Learn more at ibx.com/healthofamerica.