In the latest Vaccine Smarts column by UTMB’s Dr. Richard Rupp and Bridget Hawkins of UTMB’s Sealy Center for Vaccine Development: Teen decision-making about whether to initiate sexual relations is complicated and unlikely to be affected by having been vaccinated for HPV. Parenting and clear communication are more likely to influence teens. This column is supported by a UTMB President’s Cabinet Award to provide information about vaccines. Visit for more information, or like them on Facebook.