Correlates of human papillomavirus vaccine completion among adolescent girl initiators

Mahbubur Rahman, Tabassum H. Laz, Christine J. McGrath, Abbey B. Berenson

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Objective. To examine correlates of vaccine series completion among young adolescent US girls who initiated the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Methods. We analyzed National Immunization Survey-Teens 2012 provider-verified data to examine correlates of HPV vaccine completion among 13- to 17-year-old girls who initiated HPV vaccine in 2012 (N = 4548). Results. The weighted vaccine series completion rate among 13- to 17-year-old girl initiators was 66.7% (95% confidence interval [CI], 64.0-69.3). Adolescent girls who were older, residents of the Northeast (adjusted prevalence ratio [aPR], 1.36; 95% CI, 1.07-1.73), and had provider-verified seasonal influenza vaccination in the past year (aPR, 1.67; 95% CI, 1.32-2.11) and provider recommendation (aPR, 1.40; 95% CI, 1.10-1.77) were more likely to complete the 3-dose vaccine series. Conclusions. Parents of younger adolescent girls need to be educated about the importance of completing the 3-dose HPV vaccine series. Provider recommendation for the vaccine would also facilitate series completion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1328-1333
Number of pages6
JournalClinical pediatrics
Issue number14
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


  • adolescent girls
  • correlates
  • human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
  • vaccine completion
  • vaccine initiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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