AMA Suggests New Ways to Encourage the HPV Vaccine

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Dr. William B. Clark owns Pensacola-based ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, where he diagnoses and treats afflictions of the ears, nose, and throat. Dr. William B. Clark maintains active membership with multiple professional organizations, including the American Medical Association (AMA).

Founded in 1847, the AMA focuses on the development and advancement of medicine within the United States by, among other things, establishing standards in medical education and promoting both medical ethics and scientific advancement.

The AMA recently reported that the number of people electing to receive the human papillomavirus vaccine is quite low. To increase patient participation, the AMA has suggested altering the delivery requirements for the vaccine; instead of asking the parents of minors if they are interested in having their child vaccinated, physicians are being encouraged to presume and address objections with a strong recommendation. Suggested for adolescents between the ages of 13 and 15, the vaccine is administered in three doses.