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Recognizing the efforts of physicians who strive to improve their day-to-day practice of medicine, The HPV: Don’t Wait. Vaccinate! Project is a Part 4, Performance in Practice Project diverse requirement approved by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Family Medicine. The project’s goal is to increase participating physician’s 1st dose HPV vaccine rate for eligible females and males ages 9-21 by 25% during a 6-month period
While HPV vaccination rates are on the rise, just over half of U.S. teens were up to date on HPV vaccination in 2018 and nationally, HPV vaccination rates continue to lag behind the other recommended adolescent vaccines. Only about half of girls and even fewer boys across the nation are receiving the HPV vaccine, while almost 90% of teens are receiving their MCV4 and Tdap vaccines. Both the CDC and the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices recommend each of these vaccines be given to teens at 11 or 12 years of age.
The discrepancies between the rates tell us that providers are missing opportunities to administer the HPV vaccine. Because these vaccines can be administered on the same day, to increase HPV vaccine rates, providers should recommend all three vaccines “in the same way and on the same day.”
To encourage better dialogue with parents about the importance of the HPV vaccine, physicians that participate in the HPV MOC will receive a resource toolkit adapted from evidenced-based information from CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics and developed by the Indiana Immunization Coalition.
For additional information about The HPV: Don’t Wait. Vaccinate! Project including completion criteria and fees, or to register, visit our HPV MOC guide.