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Answering the Questions Parents May Have

CDC now recommends 11 to 12 year olds get two doses of HPV vaccine—rather than the previously recommended three doses—to protect against cancers caused by HPV. The second dose should be given 6-12 months after the first dose. For more information on the updated recommendations, read the MMWR: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6549a5.htm.

Parents may be interested in vaccinating, yet still have questions. Some parents might just need additional reassurance from you, the clinician they trust with their child’s health care. Taking the time to answer their questions and address their concerns can help parents to accept a recommendation for HPV vaccination. Here are some simple suggestions on how you can use the resources below.

Take Action By:

  1. Share the following CDC resources with your office staff and colleagues to help create and maintain a practice culture that is supportive of vaccination and cancer prevention.
  2. Getting credit by taking the following continuing education courses to learn about effective ways to communicate with parents about HPV vaccine.
  3. Use CDC’s tools to help you make effective recommendations and answer parents’ questions about HPV vaccination.

 

Tips and Timesavers for talking with parents about HPV vaccine
Tips and Timesavers for talking with parents about HPV vaccine [4 pages]
Use this resource to find effective ways to answer the questions that parents have about HPV vaccination

 

HPV Safety Factsheet
HPV Safety Factsheet [1 page]
A one page, easy-to-read factsheet for parents that talks about HPV vaccine safety, effectiveness, and duration of protection.

 

#HowIRecommend Video Series
In these short videos you can listen to how other providers make effective HPV vaccine recommendations, answer the questions parents have about HPV vaccine and how they help parents prevent cancer by accepting HPV vaccination for their children.

 

Videos: Recommending HPV vaccine and answering questions
Minnesota Department of Health has created a 12-minute video for health care providers on HPV vaccine communication. The video begins with humorous vignettes and then presents four model clinical encounters in which providers demonstrate low-stress ways of recommending HPV vaccine and answering questions from patients and parents.

 

Communicating Safety and Efficacy of HPV Vaccine to Parents and Preadolescents
This medsape video will help clinicians with strategies for communicating a strong and effective HPV vaccination recommendation and assist parents in making decisions to have their children vaccinated by providing reassuring, confident, and concise responses to parental questions about HPV vaccination.

 

Framing the Conversation with Parents about the HPV Vaccine
The goal of this activity is to educate clinicians on the importance of the human 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.

 

HPV in Our Midst: Understanding the Problem and Having the Conversation
The goal of this activity is to enhance understanding of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and facilitate uptake of HPV vaccine.

 

AAP HPV Champion Tooklit
This toolkit has some of the best resources available to help you educate other healthcare professionals, discuss HPV vaccination with parents, and make necessary changes in your practice to improve HPV vaccination rates.

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