HPV Immunization Project

 

The 2012 National Immunization Survey (NIS) showed that Philadelphia immunization providers were the best in the nation at immunizing adolescents. Among adolescents aged 13 to 17 years, Philadelphia has the highest first-dose HPV rates for females (76.2%) and second highest for males (46.7%). However, fewer teens are receiving all three doses of HPV vaccine recommended by the ACIP. This project is an effort to ensure that Philadelphia teens are fully protected from HPV.


Reminder/Recall



The Philadelphia Immunization Program initiated adolescent immunization reminder/recall in January 2014 using the KIDS Plus Immunization Information System (IIS). The Immunization Program will send the following messages to parents of children 11 through 18 years old:

  • If an 11 or 12 year old child has not received any HPV vaccine doses, the parent/guardian will receive a reminder message, as follows: Is your teen up-to-date?
  • If a child 11 through 18 years old has received 1 or 2 HPV vaccine doses, but more than 4 months have elapsed since vaccination, or a child 13 through 18 years old has not received any HPV vaccine doses, the parent/guardian will receive a recall message, as follows: Your teen’s shots are due. It’s time to make a doctor’s appointment.

Before initiation of reminder/recall messaging, the Immunization Program will work with provider offices to update adolescent vaccination histories in KIDS Plus IIS to assure appropriate outreach. Your cooperation in this effort will be greatly appreciated. Reminder/recall messaging will be carefully staggered throughout the year so that provider offices are not overwhelmed.

Provider Education



The Immunization Program is working with the Health Federation of Philadelphia to organize provider education sessions and offer continuing education credits. Education will focus on HPV risks, benefits of immunization, ways to communicate with patients and parents about this vaccine, and tips on how to overcome barriers to HPV vaccination.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

  1. CDC online CME credit webinar
  2. Philadelphia Department of Public Health CME

Grand Rounds

  1. Friday, April 4, 2014 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children with Kristen Feemster
  2. Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (time TBD) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with Kristen Feemster and Paul Offit

Professional Meetings

  1. Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Youth Sexual Health Symposium at the Philadelphia Double Tree Hotel with Jill Foster

Media Campaign



PDPH will also launch a parental education campaign to disseminate important information about HPV infection and prevention. This campaign will focus on HPV vaccine as an important tool for cancer prevention, indicate that the ideal age for vaccination is 11 to 12 years of age.

Click here to watch and listen to the CDC’s TV and radio HPV vaccine PSAs.

HPV Immunization Provider Toolkit



This project is fully funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Contact

Nichole McLaughlin

HPV Coordinator

Email: Nichole.McLaughlin@phila.gov

Phone: (215) 685-6837

Fax: (215) 685-6806

 

Resources

3forMe Immunization Project

 

CDC: HPV Resources for Professionals

 

CDC: HPV Vaccination

 

Vaccines.gov: HPV FAQs

 

Cancer.gov: HPV Vaccines

 

CHOP: A Look at HPV Vaccines

 

IAC: HPV Vaccine

 

American Cancer Society

 

Vaccine Information Statement: Gardasil®

 

Vaccine Information Statement: Cerverix®