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.
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
- Human Rights Watch
- Laura Crandall Brown Foundation
- Mitchell Cancer Institute
- University of Alabama at Birmingham
- University of South Alabama
- VAX 2 STOP CANCER
Educational Webinar Opportunities
- Free CME Self-Study Guide "Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Safety"
Take the Course
Link to Cancer Prevention
Resources for Clinicians
- 2018 HPV Workshop Team Action Plan for Alabama
- CDC Alabama HPV Vaccination Report May 2019
- State HPV Data Summary
- Quality Improvement Strategies
- Sports Physical Conversion Tool
- Adolescent Revenue Opportunity for HPV Vaccine
- Adolescent Vaccine Rate per County
- How I Recommend Videos: Tips for HPV provider recommendations
- Recommending HPV Vaccine Successfully
- HPV Vaccine CDC CE courses
- Top 10 Tips for HPV Vaccination Success
- Vaccination in Rural Communities
- Talking to Parents about HPV Vaccine
- American Cancer Society - HPV Vaccine Endorsement
- CDC - MMWR - HPV Associated Cancer Trends
- CDC - MMWR - HPV Vaccination Coverage Report
- AAP - HPV Legislation v.s. Sexual Behaviors of Adolescents
- HPV - Take a Shot at Cancer
- HPV Vaccination - Just the Facts for Parents
- HPV & Dentistry - The Connection
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.
- 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
- Each dose distributed represents a possible cancer prevented. Alabama should be administering 180,000 doses per year (~60,000 at 11 years of age 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 an HPV vaccinating healthcare provider or the county health department.
- Parental & Adolescent Education Work Group
- Data Work Group
- Policy Group
Page last updated: July 16, 2019