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:
- 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.
- Getting credit by taking the following continuing education courses to learn about effective ways to communicate with parents about HPV vaccine.
- Use CDC’s tools to help you make effective recommendations and answer parents’ questions about HPV vaccination.
- Page last reviewed: March 10, 2017
- Page last updated: November 8, 2017
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