Cancer Prevention Vaccines
You have the power to prevent some cancers in your children. There are two cancer-prevention vaccines available for boys and girls; Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and Hepatitis B vaccine. See Alabama HPV Cancer Rates for more information.
A Survivor Story by Christina Baze - Aug 31, 2016. Every parent and provider must hear!
Why You Should Get Screened
Increasing HPV Vaccination Rates in Alabama - April 6, 2018. Current HPV Vaccination Discussion in Alabama.
HPV "You are the Key" CEU - Aug 31, 2016. Free CEUs are still available and we ask you share this opportunity with your peers.
- HPV vaccine can prevent 9 strains of cancer.
- In the U.S., there are 26,000 preventable cancer cases that could be avoided with the HPV vaccine.
- 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.
- Want more information about Alabama HPV Cancer Rates?
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.
Select the next link to see the entire CDC 2015 National Immunization Survey (NIS) for Teens.
CDC's Physician and Staff Resources
- Tips for Talking to Parents
- Top 10 Ways to Improve HPV Vaccination Rates in Your Practice
- New Vaccine Safety Self-Study Guide
AAP and AAFP's Lessons Learned
- HPV Continuous Quality Improvement Project
- 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.
- Quantitative and Qualitative Evaluation of Pediatricians Attitudes and Barriers to HPV Vaccination
- 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.
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.
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.
Last Updated: 5/21/18
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