Cancer Prevention Vaccines

You have the power to prevent some cancers in your children. There are two cancer-prevention vaccines available for your children, HPV vaccine and Hepatitis B vaccine.

On 8/31/16, there was HPV "You are the Key" CEU satellite broadcast. It is still available on demand. Free CEUs are still available and we ask you share this opportunity with your peers. During our recent broadcast, we have a powerful Survivor Story by Christina Baze, every parent and provider must hear!

HPV Vaccine

  • Each year in the U.S. there are 26,000 cancer cases that could be prevented with human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
  • HPV vaccine can prevent 9 strains of cancer.
  • CDC recommends only two HPV shots for younger adolescents.
  • HPV vaccine costs are covered under most insurance programs, Medicaid, and the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC).
  • Here is the HPV Flyer for printing and sharing with your patients, family and friends.

CDC released the 2015 National Immunization Survey (NIS) for Teens, Alabama girls' completion rate of 3 HPV doses went up to 41% from 35% for HPV vaccine, while Alabama boys' completion rate went to 23% from 9%. See your county's ImmPRINT HPV coverage rate.

AAP and AAFP's HPV Continuous Quality Improvement Project Lessons Learned

  • Educating all staff and providers about HPV is important.
  • Practices learned multiple ways to deliver a strong message.
  • Acute visit HPV vaccination increased rates without increasing visit time for most practices.
  • Selecting effective reminder/recall methods is practice specific.
  • Some parents remain reluctant to vaccinate.
  • Quality Improvement is not hard once started and efforts improve other care areas.
  • Practices plan to utilize ADPH AFIX reports to sustain gains.

UAB's Quantitative and Qualitative Evaluation of Pediatricians Attitudes and Barriers to HPV Vaccination Conclusions

  • Most common system barriers are infrequency of routine adolescent visits, lack of HPV required for school attendance, and patients not completing the series.
  • Most common patient barriers are belief in link between sex and vaccine, and vaccine safety.
  • Best messaging strategy was focus on cancer prevention.
  • Strategies to increase vaccine rates include provider and clinic staff education, and recall/reminder systems.
  • Need to develop multi-level interventions to increase rates.
  • Physician recommendations are the most influential factor for parents to decide to allow vaccine to be administered.

CDC's Physician and Staff Resources

Alabama HPV VFC and Non-VFC Vaccine Doses Distributed By Year and Month

Each dose distributed represents a possible cancer prevented. AL should be administering 180,000 doses per year (~60,000 11 years of age children x 3 doses). View the table.

Here is CDC's HPV Vaccination Report: Alabama, working Together to Reach National Goals for HPV Vaccination.

To receive HPV vaccine to prevent HPV cancers, contact a HPV vaccine healthcare provider or the county health department.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

  • Hepatitis B is a serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver.
  • The virus can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death.
  • Risk for chronic infection is related to age at infection: approximately 90% of infected infants become chronically infected, compared with 2%–6% of adults.
  • Chronic Hepatitis B can lead to serious health issues, like cirrhosis or liver cancer.
  • Vaccination gives long-term protection from hepatitis B infection, possibly lifelong.

To prevent Hepatitis B liver cancers, contact your healthcare provider or the county health department.

Don't delay, call today.


Page last updated: June 8, 2017