Alabama Adolescent Vaccination Task Force

The purpose of the Alabama Adolescent Vaccination Task Force, or AAVTF, is to bring together organizations with a common goal in order to increase Alabama adolescent vaccination rates, with a specific focus on HPV Vaccination.

Member Organizations

The AAVTF features members from different organizations throughout the state.

  • Alabama Cancer Society
  • Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Alabama State Board of Education
  • Alabama Medicaid Agency
  • Alabama Pharmacy Association
  • Alabama Vaccine Advisory Committee
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • GSK
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Laura Crandall Brown Foundation
  • Merck
  • Mitchell Cancer Institute
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of South Alabama

Educational Webinar Opportunities

  • Free CME Self-Study Guide "Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Safety"
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Link to Cancer Prevention 

Resources for Clinicians



Recommended Vaccines for Adolescents

Alabama State Policy

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 method 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 Conclusions

  • 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.
  • 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 

Meeting Minutes

Work Groups

  • Provider Education Work Group

Dilley Paper

Families United to Stop HPV (VAX2 STOP CANCER)

  • Parental & Adolescent Education Work Group
  • Data Work Group

HPV Vaccine Survey Results Summary 

State HPV Data Summary

  • Policy Group

Page last updated: July 16, 2019