Cleveland cancer doctors urge HPV vaccinations missed during pandemic

“Without a doubt, vaccination rates and well visits have decreased because of COVID,” said Andrew Hertz, a pediatrician at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and longtime steering committee member of the HPV Quality Improvement Collaborative. “HPV vaccination is a highly effective way to prevent several types of common cancers. However, if vaccination rates do not rise, there will be an increase in cancers, health care expenses and patient morbidity and mortality over the next 20, 30, 40 years.”

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