Vaccinate Your Adolescent Patients Against HPV

During the next year, more than 1,000 Texas women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer, and nearly 400 will die from it. During Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in January, TMA is offering new tools to help physicians prevent their adolescent patients from getting this cancer down the road. Continuing medical education (CME) courses and an infographic on human papillomavirus (HPV), the cause of most cervical cancers, assist physicians in urging their patients to get vaccinated against HPV. 

The new CME program, Don't Wait — Vaccinate! The Prevention of HPV Cancers, discusses the burden of HPV-related cancers (oropharyngeal, cervical, vulvar, and penile, among others) and helps physicians improve their communication with patients and their families on the need for HPV vaccination. Texas' HPV vaccination rates lag: In 2014, only 50.7 percent of the state's 13- to 17-year-old girls and 36.6 percent of boys the same age had received one or more of the three recommended doses of HPV vaccine. 

TMA's Committee on Cancer joined with TMA's Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program, the TMA Committee on Child and Adolescent Health, and the Texas Pediatric Society to produce the two-part online CME series, sponsored in part by the MD Anderson Cancer Center and the TMA Foundation. For more information or to download the CME programs, visit the TMA online course catalog

And to help you educate your patients and their families, TMA's Be Wise — Immunize program created an infographic on HPV (in English and Spanish) to download to your website or Facebook page, or post in your waiting room. A more detailed HPV fact sheet also is available. 

To order HPV materials, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA's outreach coordinator, at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1470, or (512) 370-1470 or by email.

Be Wise – Immunize is a joint initiative led by TMA physicians and medical students, and the TMA Alliance. It is funded in 2016 by the TMA Foundation thanks to major gifts from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute, along with generous contributions from physicians and their families. 

Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association. 

Action, Jan. 18, 2016

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