The following resources include proven best practices for increasing HPV immunization rates in preteens, teen, and young adults as well as effective informational and educational tools for healthcare professionals to share with patients.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 11- to 12-year-olds get two doses of HPV vaccine to protect against cancers caused by HPV. The second dose should be given 6-12 months after the first dose. Those who initiate the vaccination series after age 15 years as well as those who are immunocompromised should receive three doses.
Both males and females up to age 26 years who were not adequately vaccinated should receive catch-up HPV vaccination.
Adults age 27-45 years should talk to a healthcare professional about whether HPV vaccination is right for them. Shared clinical decision-making is recommended because some individuals who are not adequately vaccinated might benefit from vaccination.
View additional information on the CDC recommendations.
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Association of Immunization Managers (AIM): Conference call series to provide information and ideas for program managers to increase HPV vaccine coverage rates
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: Template letters encouraging HPV vaccination and a fact sheet for sharing with parents/guardians
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Expert Commentary on Medscape
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC): Sample policy and procedure for vaccinating adults
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC): Sample policy and procedure for vaccinating children and teens
US News & World Report
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Video presentation providing information on HPV infection, HPV vaccines, and ways to successfully communicate about HPV with patients and their parents/guardians
Provides information, tools, and resources for healthcare professionals to help increase HPV vaccination rates for males and females at the recommended ages for vaccination
Resources designed to help healthcare professionals communicate the importance of HPV vaccination in preventing cancer
Resources on HPV for healthcare professionals to share with adolescent patients