Increasing uptake of Gardasil among American adolescents: comparisons with the history of Hepatitis B vaccination.
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OBJECTIVES: This paper identifies differences in the uptake rate of Gardasil and contrasts Gardasil uptake rate with the history of Hepatitis B vaccination. METHODS: A targeted review of peer-reviewed journals and industry commentary was conducted. New trends were calculated and figures created based on secondary data. RESULTS: The distribution of HPV vaccine does not conform to the geographic incidence rate of cervical cancer. Contrary to contemporary belief, school immunization mandates for Hepatitis B vaccines were not the impetus for their acceptance. Familial beliefs about HPV vaccines appear to be the most significant challenge to Gardasil uptake rate. CONCLUSIONS: Gardasil is at a critical juncture for increased uptake. Evidence-based educational interventions are needed.