HPV Vaccine Research vs. HPV Vaccine Reality

From: Research to Reality – National Cancer Institutes

L.J replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 – 4:14pm

And I would like to draw attention to a “Dear Colleague” letter that was just released.

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), American College of Physicians (ACP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) recently released a “Dear Colleague” letter that encourages providers to promote HPV vaccination.

Despite more than seven years of vaccine monitoring showing overwhelming evidence of HPV vaccine safety and effectiveness, HPV vaccination rates are not improving while rates for other adolescent vaccines are. Health provider recommendations are the key to increasing HPV vaccination rates. By improving the strength and consistency of HPV vaccination recommendations, more patients will be protected from HPV-associated cancers and disease.

The letter gives providers key facts about HPV-associated disease and HPV vaccine safety and effectiveness to help them discuss HPV vaccination confidently with patients and parents. Please share this important document with all healthcare professionals who provide vaccines to adolescents and young adults. Sample messages for traditional and social media releases are provided below. Related Links

· “Dear Colleague” Letter: Give a strong recommendation for HPV vaccine to increase uptake!

· Joint press release: Leading Medical and Public Health Organizations Join Efforts Urging Physicians to Strongly Recommend Human papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination

· AAP Press Room: Leading Medical and Public Health Organizations Join Efforts Urging Physicians to Strongly Recommend Human papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination

· AAFP News Now: Strong Recommendation to Vaccinate Against HPV Is Key to Boosting Uptake

· Accelerating HPV Vaccine Uptake: Urgency for Action to Prevent Cancer. A Report to the President of the United States from the President’s Cancer Panel.

Sample Messages for the Media

1. Sample drop-in text for newsletters and Facebook posts

Joint “Dear Colleague” Letter on HPV Vaccination Issued

Leading medical organizations—the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists—joined the Immunization Action Coalition and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in issuing a call this week that urges physicians across the United States to educate their patients about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and to strongly recommend HPV vaccination.

The “Dear Colleague” letter [http://www.immunize.org/letter/recommend_hpv_vaccination.pdf] includes important data about HPV-related cancers and the latest information about the use, safety, and efficacy of HPV vaccines.

2. Sample tweets

Joint “Dear Colleague” letter urges healthcare professionals to give a strong recommendation for #HPV vaccine: http://bit.ly/1olXT5G

Medical societies join CDC and IAC in urging their members to strongly recommend #HPV vaccination for preteens: http://bit.ly/1olXT5G

AAP, AAFP, ACOG, ACP, CDC, and IAC issue letter urging #doctors to strongly recommend #HPV vaccine: http://bit.ly/McQ6sk

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