Doctor's Recommendation Key in HPV Vaccination

When it comes to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among children and adolescents, a physician's recommendation really does make a difference. That's according to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center's detailed assessment, or "environmental scan," of HPV vaccination in Texas pediatric care settings. 

According to 2014 National Immunization Survey-Teen data, national rates for HPV vaccine series completion in 2014 were 39.7 percent for girls and 21.6 percent for boys. Estimated Texas rates were 33.9 percent for girls, down from the 2013 rate of 38.9 percent. Rates for boys in Texas increased slightly, from 15 percent in 2013 to 17.7 percent in 2014. The report shows the rates of boys and girls who received at least one dose of HPV vaccine were higher among those who received a recommendation from a physician or other health care professional than among those who did not: 69.7 percent vs. 38.3 percent of girls and 63.5 percent vs. 20.1 percent of boys, respectively.

TMA helped facilitate the HPV Vaccine Uptake in Texas Pediatric Care Settings: 2014-2015 Environmental Scan Report, funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute, by distributing a physician survey through this newsletter in 2015. The project complements the TMA Committee on Cancer's efforts to promote HPV vaccination. Lois Ramondetta, MD, chair of the committee, led the scan project. The report provides an overview of HPV-related cancer burden in Texas and identifies barriers to and facilitators of HPV vaccination in the pediatric population.

Key components of the environmental scan included assessment of vaccination-delivery methods, settings such as school-based vaccination access, the role of nurses and mobile delivery approaches, immunization coalitions, public health personnel, and research studies in progress. The report also focused on HPV vaccination attitudes, knowledge, and trends in underserved populations.

Action, Jan. 5, 2016

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April 26, 2018