How many children have received the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine?

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Unfortunately, many children receive the first dose of the HPV vaccine, but never complete all three doses, so they're not fully protected. A 2016 study suggested an unexpected reason why: Parents may expect the pediatrician's office to call the child back in for subsequent shots, but the offices often don't. So the vaccine may sometimes simply be overlooked. Make sure to talk with your child's doctor about how and when the vaccine should be given, and go ahead and make the appointments or schedule reminders in advance.