Human Papillomavirus Vaccine: Continuation, Completion and Missed Opportunities

STUDY OBJECTIVE: To examine HPV series completion in older adolescents and assess vaccination completion opportunities missed by providers. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, AND OUTCOME MEASURES: Electronic medical records were queried for women 18-24 years old who initiated the HPV vaccine in the Adolescent Medicine, Young Mother's or Family Planning clinics at Children's Hospital Colorado from 1/1/2010-12/31/2012. Clinic visits during appropriate dosing intervals of HPV vaccine where the 2(nd) (4-14 weeks after 1(st) dose) or 3(rd) (21-40 weeks after 1(st) dose and >12 weeks after 2(nd) dose) doses were not administered were counted as "missed opportunities." RESULTS: A total of 1,072 females initiated the HPV series during the study period; 20.9% completed the series within one year. Of these, 33.7% who did not receive their 2(nd) dose had at least one missed opportunity and 25.5% who received the 2(nd) but not 3(rd) had a missed opportunity. Women who initiated the vaccine in the Family Planning cl


Added by: David Hyung Won Oh
Added on: 15 October, 2015
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