Improving HPV Vaccination Coverage

I live in Los Angeles, so this page is somewhat Los Angeles-centric, but many of the ideas are universal.

National Efforts

See Accelerating HPV Vaccine Uptake: Urgency for Action to Prevent Cancer (President's Cancer Panel - 2012/2013 report)

How well is Los Angeles vaccinated against HPV?

The County of Los Angeles Public Health department's Immunization Program estimates that, in 2009, 63.5% of 13-17 year old females in Los Angeles had received one shot, and 30.9% had received all three shots.

By comparison, they report that 58.3% of kids aged 13-17 had gotten the Tdap shot required for 7th grade starting in 2010. (The more recent 7th Grade Asseessment for 2012-2013 from the state says Los Angeles schools reached 97.85% on Tdap, so evidently mandating a vaccination is quite effective.)

Nationally, "Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescent Girls, 2007-2012" reported

"The 2012 NIS-Teen shows that 84% of unvaccinated girls had a health-care encounter where another vaccine was administered. Had the 3-dose HPV series been initiated at these visits, coverage for ≥1 dose could be as high as 92.6%. ... In 2012, only 53.8% of girls had received ≥1 dose of HPV vaccine, and only 33.4% had received all 3 doses of the series."

What are the barriers to good vaccine uptake?

Who provides immunizations in Los Angeles?

What is being done to increase vaccination coverage?

Possible opportunities

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