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What can you do to ensure your patients get fully vaccinated?

  • Strongly recommend adolescent vaccines to parents of your 11 through 18 year old patients. Parents trust your opinion more than anyone else's when it comes to immunizations. Studies consistently show that provider recommendation is the strongest predictor of vaccination.
  • Use every opportunity to vaccinate your adolescent patients. Ask about vaccination status when they come in for sick visits and sports physicals.
  • Patient reminder and recall systems such as automated postcards, phone calls, and text messages are effective tools for increasing office visits.
  • Educate parents about the diseases that can be prevented by adolescent vaccines. Parents may know very little about pertussis, meningococcal disease, or HPV.
  • Implement standing orders policies so that patients can receive vaccines without a physician examination or individual physician order.

Provider Resources

The following resources about adolescent vaccines include tools that you can use at your practice and share with your staff and colleagues.


Information for Health Care Professionals about Adolescent Vaccines
Information for Health Care Professionals about Adolescent Vaccines [4 pages]
Factsheet about adolescent vaccines developed specifically for the doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. Also available in black & white [4 pages].

 

Tips and Time-savers for Talking with Parents about HPV Vaccine.
Tips and Time-savers for Talking with Parents about HPV Vaccine [1 page]
CDC research shows these straightforward messages are important to parents when discussing HPV vaccine.

 

Adolescent immunization schedule (7-18 years old)

 

CDC Vaccine Schedules app
CDC Vaccine Schedules app for clinicians and other health care professionals offers you immediate access to CDC’s latest recommended immunization schedules.

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Provider Education

Do your part for Vaccine Safety, Report to VAERS: Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.
  • Protect the Next Generation: Recommend the HPV Vaccine 2:31 minutes
    In this video commentary from the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC Director, asks pediatric and family medicine clinicians to recommend and administer HPV vaccine as the same time as Tdap and meningococcal vaccine. This strong, bundled recommendation can reduce missed opportunities for HPV vaccination and increase the number of patients with protection from many HPV cancers in the future. CDC Expert Commentary, August 2014
  • Framing the Conversation with Parents about the HPV Vaccine Approximately 40 minutes
    Medscape: Expert column with CDC, AAP, AAFP, and ANA
    CME/CE activity for pediatricians, family medicine physicians, and nurses. The goal of this activity is to educate clinicians on the importance of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for children approaching adolescence and to provide strategies to educate parents about the importance of the vaccine for their child's well-being. July 2014
  • HPV in Our Midst: Understanding the Problem and Having the Conversation CME/CE 33:25 minutes
    This continuing education offering from Medscape was developed to enhance understanding of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and facilitate uptake of HPV vaccine. This activity is intended for pediatricians, gynecologists, nurses, and other physicians and healthcare professionals providing primary care to preteens, adolescents, and young adults. June 2014
  • Back to School: Improving Vaccination Rates in Preteens and Adolescents CME/CE 25:50 minutes
    This continuing education offering from Medscape was developed to provide safety and efficacy data for the vaccines routinely recommended for preteens and teens. This activity is intended for pediatricians, gynecologists, nurses, and other physicians and healthcare professionals providing primary care to preteens, adolescents, and young adults. June 2014
  • You Are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention Approximately 1 hour in length.
    CDC Immunization Course presented as a web-on-demand video Provided in this presentation is up-to-date information on HPV infection/disease, HPV vaccine, and ways to successfully communicate with patients and their parents about HPV vaccination. CE credit is available until February 26, 2016. February 2014
  • Recommending HPV Vaccine Successfully 6:36 minutes
    Medscape: CDC Expert Commentary
    In this video commentary from the CDC, Dr. Anne Schuchat describes how to have clear, confident HPV conversations and address parents’ key questions about HPV vaccine. September 2013
  • Clarifying Meningococcal Booster Dose Recommendations
    In this video commentary from the CDC, Dr. Amanda Cohn clarifies the meningococcal booster dose recommendations for adolescents. CDC Expert Commentary, January 2012
  • Syncope After Vaccination
  • Make Every Injection Safe!
    In this video commentary from the CDC, Dr. Joseph Perz clears up myths and misperceptions that could be putting your patients at risk. CDC Expert Commentary, February 2011

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