An innovative program uses parent ambassadors to help raise HPV vaccination rates.
HPV-associated cancers, including cervical, oropharyngeal, and other anogenital cancers (anal, penile, vaginal, vulvar), affect men and women. South Carolina ranks among the highest states in the United States when examining HPV-associated oral cancer in males and females.
The 2017 NIS Teen data (National Immunization Survey) from the CDC is an annual survey that estimates vaccination coverage among adolescents aged 13–17 years.
Vaccination rates in South Carolina fall below national averages. In 2016, South Carolina had the lowest rate of HPV vaccine completion among adolescent girls in the United States (30.8%) and second-to-last for up-to-date vaccination among adolescent boys (27.4%). Since then we have had the third largest increase in HPV UTD status from 2016 to 2017.