States are finding ways for teens to get HPV shots without parental consent

Sonja Haller:

HPV is associated with almost every case of cervical cancer.

A vaccine for HPV, or human papillomavirus, could prevent about 33,700 cancers a year. More than 4,000 women die of cervical cancer each year.

At least 79 million Americans, mostly in their late teens and early 20s, are infected with HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection. Yet parents aren’t vaccinating their teens in near the numbers the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting would like to see — only 49% of teens between the ages of 13 and 17 are receiving the recommended dosage.

Much of the country requires parental consent for those under the age of 18 to receive vaccinations.

So some states have attempted to change that by allowing teens to obtain the HPV vaccine without Mom or Dad.