HPV Vaccination Resources
HPV vaccination is cancer prevention!
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common virus. HPV is so common that most sexually active adults become infected at some point in their lives. HPV infection can lead to cancer of the cervix, vagina, vulva, anus, penis, head and neck and can also cause genital warts. To prevent HPV infection and the cancers associated with it, the HPV vaccine is recommended at age 11 or 12, before the child has contact with HPV viruses.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal that West Virginia has the highest incidence of cervical cancer in the nation and the second highest incidence of penile cancer among the states. However, the CDC’s National Immunization Survey (NIS), which provides data on vaccination coverage, shows that in 2014, only 40% of females and 23.5% of males between the ages of 13 and 17 years of age in West Virginia were fully vaccinated against HPV. However, had HPV vaccine been administered during health care visits when another vaccine was administered, vaccination coverage for at least one 1 dose could have reached 91.3% by age 13 years for adolescent girls born in 2000.
Call to Action
To address the problem of low HPV vaccination rates 13 health organizations from West Virginia have joined together to issue to a Call to Action for healthcare providers from across the state to strengthen their recommendations for the HPV vaccine to their patients. A clear recommendation for HPV vaccine from a health care provider is the most effective strategy in helping parents accept the vaccine. The organizations that have signed onto this letter include: WV Academy of Family Physicians, Mountains of Hope Cancer Coalition, WV Immunization Network, American Academy of Pediatrics-WV Chapter, WV Association of School Nurses, American Cancer Society, American Congress of OBGYN-WV Section, WV Oral Health Coalition, WV Association of Local Health Departments, WV Rural Health Association, WV Primary Care Association and the WV Bureau for Public Health.
How to Make an Effective Recommendation
Minnesota Department of Health has created a 12-minute video for health care providers on HPV vaccine communication. The video begins with humorous vignettes and then presents four model clinical encounters in which providers demonstrate low-stress ways of recommending HPV vaccine and answering questions from patients and parents. Each of the model encounters can also be viewed individually.
The CDC's You are the Key to HPV Prevention website.
includes: continuing education, provider fact sheets, schedules and recommendations, HPV vaccine coverage data, tools and materials for your office, information to provide to parents, content syndication.
American Academy of Pediatrics HPV Champion Toolkit
This toolkit includes information on making a change in your office, what's new with HPV vaccine, grand rounds / resident teaching sessions, CME / MOC activities for clinicians, video clips, printable resources, public communication, and success stories.
An Action Guide to Implement Evidence-based Strategies for Clinicians.
HPV Vaccination Toolkit by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
This toolkit includes materials to help you and your staff communicate with patients about the importance of receiving the HPV vaccine. It includes Tear Pads for Patients, Committee Opinion 641, a HPV Coding Card, HPV Patient Letter, Physician Script, Infographic Posters, Rx pad for HPV Vaccine, and more.
Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic
Someone You Love reveals just how dangerous HPV can be, causing six different types of cancers in both men and women. Following five brave women's stories who are afflicted by HPV and cervical cancer, the film also interviews some of the world's top experts on the common disease, HPV. How to view the film...
To order DVDs, screening licenses, and more, visit the film website.
The general public can view the video free of charge through PKIDS website (click on the film image).
Nurses can view the video and recieve 1.5 hours of free nursing CEUs through the WVU School of Nursing.
Physicians and Pharmacists can view the video and receive free CEs through the Indiana University School of Medicine's website.
Immunization Action Coalition’s HPV Webpage
Includes patient handouts, disease information, videos, standing orders, and more.
HPV Vaccine Myth Busting for Health Care Providers Social Media Toolkit
from the GW Cancer Institute, is designed to help public health professionals establish a "Myth Busting" social media strategy to encourage providers to effectively talk to parents and adolescents about the HPV vaccine.
Materials from the West Virginia Immunization Network
1-2-3 Pap DVD: Developed for the WV Immunization Network by the University of Kentucky Rural Cancer Prevention Center, this DVD focuses on the importance of full series completion of the HPV vaccine and pelvic exams in preventing and screening for cervical cancer. When evaluated, researchers found that young females who viewed the video were twice as likely to complete the full HPV vaccination series than those who did not view it. The video can be viewed online or the DVD can be ordered free of charge by contacting the WIN Program Manager.
Faces of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases videos: these short videos feature individuals who have been affected by or lost a family member to a vaccine-preventable disease. The videos are available here (scroll down for the HPV/cervical cancer videos) and can be embedded in your own website.
HPV vaccination poster for college students: this 11x17" poster can be ordered by healthcare facilities, universities and others in West Virginia free of charge by contacting the WIN Program Manager. A printable 8.5x11" flyer can be printed here.
Free print materials from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
To order free print materials from the CDC, visit CDC-INFO on Demand
. To access the HPV-specific materials, select "Immunization and Vaccines (Teens)" from the Programs dropdown box. Many of the printed materials on CDC-Info on Demand can also be downloaded and printed from that site.
2018 West Virginia Immunization Summit
held in conjunction with the KidStrong Conference, June 21 and 22, Charleston Civic Center. [More]
Governance & Leadership Forum
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Monongalia Health Dept. invest $100K from grant to expand dental clinic
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