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.
In an effort to ensure Philadelphia teens are fully protected from HPV, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health is launching an HPV immunization campaign at the start of 2014.
The Philadelphia Immunization Program will launch a reminder/recall effort in January 2014 using the KIDS Plus Immunization Information System (IIS). For this effort, 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: Adolescents need vaccinations too. Make sure your child receives his/her adolescent vaccinations.
- 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 adolescent is overdue for a vaccination. Please make an 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.
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.
Click here to view the CDC’s HPV vaccine resource for healthcare professionals.
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.
This project is fully funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.