We Are The Key To Cancer Prevention
Human papillomavirus (HPV) and its related cancers are a major public health problem. HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives. HPV can cause cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and oropharynx (head and neck). National data reveal that West Virginia has the third highest incidence of these HPV-associated cancers among males and females.
HPV vaccines have been shown to be highly effective in protecting against the HPV types targeted by the vaccines, yet HPV vaccination rates remain low in West Virginia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that increasing HPV vaccination rates from current levels to 80 percent would prevent an additional 53,000 future cervical cancer cases in the United States among girls who now are 12 years old or younger over the course of their lifetimes. Thousands of cases of other HPV-associated cancers in the U.S. also likely would be prevented within the same timeframe. A growing proportion of these cancers—most notably, oropharyngeal cancers—will occur in males if their HPV vaccination rates remain low as well.
West Virginia HPV Vaccination Campaign
Human papillomavirus (HPV) and its related cancers are preventable through vaccination, yet West Virginia's vaccination rates remain low. In fact, in 2015, only 39% of females and 27% of males between the ages of 13 and 17 years of age in West Virginia were fully vaccinated against HPV. We can change this and protect our teens from a future of cancer... We Are the Key.
To increase the use of evidence-based strategies from health care providers, especially an effective recommendation for HPV vaccination, in healthcare facilities across West Virginia in order to improve HPV vaccination series completion rates and reduce rates of HPV-associated cancers in our state.
1. Start by Taking the Pledge
The pledge shows the clinic’s/practice’s willingness to prioritize HPV vaccination in order to achieve 80% HPV vaccination coverage among patients. The pledge should be signed by the medical director, physician, or director of nursing. The pledge is available here. The pledge will then be printed on certificate paper and sent to the healthcare facility to display in their office. The signing of the pledge enrolls healthcare facilities in the campaign and gives them access to the other campaign components.
2. Track Your Improvement
The WV immunization registry will provide quarterly reports to each clinic/practice that has signed the pledge informing them of the number of HPV vaccines provided by the clinic along with their HPV vaccination numbers from the same quarter of the previous year, which will serve as a baseline. The healthcare facilities’ immunization data will not be made available on the campaign webpage, unless approved by the clinic/practice for the purposes of recognizing a major accomplishment.
3. Get Access to Training Opportunities and Resources
Regional HPV Trainings and webinars will be available to those who have signed onto the pledge. The campaign website also hosts additional resources, webinars, and other information to assist healthcare providers in improving HPV vaccination rates in their communities.
4. Get Recognized
The WV Immunization Network website hosts a HPV Vaccination Honor Roll to recognize the healthcare facilities that have signed the pledge as well as highlight accomplishments and campaign outcomes. See who’s already on the honor roll.
* Pledge signers can opt out of the WVSIIS reports and listing on the HPV Honor Roll if they so choose.
Please join us by being the Key to Cancer Prevention in your community!
For more information about this campaign, please contact the WIN Program Manager.
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