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Communication on HPV Vaccination

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What you say and how you say it matters. These resources are designed to help you communicate the importance of HPV vaccination in preventing cancer. See below for general HPV information resources. The Adolescent Patients and Parent/Guardian links include customized resources.

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.


Close the Door to Cancer

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Short video about protecting your pre-teens and teens against HPV

How Much do the HPV Vaccines Cost? Are They Covered by Health Insurance Plans?

American Cancer Society (ACS): HPV vaccine coverage through the Vaccine for Children (VFC) program

HPV and Men – Fact Sheet

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Fact sheet about HPV-related diseases in men, including signs and symptoms, and HPV vaccination recommendations for males

HPV Vaccination as a Public Health Priority (August 2014)

Call to Action by leading public health organizations urging healthcare professionals to be stronger advocates for HPV vaccination to prevent related cancers

HPV Radio Public Service Announcement (2012) – 30 Seconds

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): PSA highlighting HPV as a cause of throat cancer in males; includes a strong recommendation for vaccination to prevent HPV infection

HPV Vaccine Podcast

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Audio podcast highlighting the importance of getting the HPV vaccine

HPV Vaccine Resources for Healthcare Professionals

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): HPV-specific resources for healthcare professionals and handouts for patients and their parents/guardians; part of You Are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention campaign

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Website describes ways to prevent HPV-related disease

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Fact Sheets

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Printable fact sheets in English and Spanish

Why You Should Recommend the HPV Vaccine to Parents of Young Patients

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP): What you say, and how you say it, matters – why healthcare professionals should recommend HPV vaccine

You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Call to action from the Massachusetts Chapter of AAP urging healthcare professionals to give a strong recommendation for HPV vaccination

Additional Resources

HPV Resource Center

Provides information, tools, and resources for healthcare professionals to help increase HPV vaccination rates for males and females at the recommended ages for vaccination