A recent blog post from Aletha Akers, MD, MPH and John Alexander Harris MD, MSc reveals that two of the biggest problems American teenagers face today are high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STI) and obesity. Researchers from PolicyLab and the Magee-Women’s Research Institute teams found that teens and young adults with obesity were less likely to have ever received the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, and those who do receive vaccination are getting the vaccine later than their normal-weight peers. One of the most crucial tools we have in order to prevent STIs is the HPV vaccine. This vaccine is recommended for young people starting at age 9 through 26 and can dramatically reduce the chance of getting HPV. Additional research needs to be conducted so that teens with obesity who are not receiving the vaccine can be studied, and we can tailor messages to their parents, physicians, and health educators to increase vaccination rates.
- Check out the article here: https://policylab.chop.edu/blog/how-obesity-impacts-teen-hpv-vaccinations