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Collaborative Effort to Improve HPV Vaccination Rates

July 29, 2019

Did you know that human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination rates fall far below those of other routine vaccines for adolescents across New York State (NYS)? We’ve partnered with American Cancer Society, NYS and City Departments of Health and leaders of the state health care community to change that. This collaborative initiative, led by NYS HPV Coalition, is focused on increasing HPV vaccination rates among adolescents, ages 11 and 12.

As a provider, your endorsement matters. You are able to impact cancer prevention efforts by talking to parents and guardians about the importance of the vaccine and reducing the risk of HPV-related cancers. Research shows that the way you choose to introduce HPV vaccination makes a tremendous difference in outcomes. We encourage you to offer a presumptive, bundled recommendation, such as “Your child needs three vaccines today: Tdap, HPV and meningococcal to prevent dangerous infections and cancer.”

As you know, HPV infection is strikingly common, with 80% of people contracting HPV in their lifetime. Parents and guardians need to know that the HPV vaccine is safe and effective at preventing vaccine-type HPV infection. By increasing HPV vaccination rates in New York State, we can reduce the incidence of HPV-related cancers, including cervical, vaginal, penile, anal, and oral cancers, as well as genital warts. Please help us by educating parents and guardians about the importance of HPV vaccination.

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