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. 
Although national health authorities now recommend that 11-year-old girls and boys receive either the Gardasil or Cervarix vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), only 36 percent of teenage girls and 1 percent of teenage boys have received the full, three-dose series -- mostly because parents mistakenly think their children don’t need the vaccine if they aren’t sexually active.