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For Health Care Professionals/Clinicians

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

  • Give an effective recommendation for preteen vaccines by telling parents their child needs three vaccines today to help prevent meningitis, HPV cancers, and pertussis.
  • 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)

Adolescent immunization schedule (7-18 years old)

video screen shot of HPV Vaccine Video for Health Care Providers

HPV Vaccine Video for Health Care Providers
The 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. Each of the model encounters can also be viewed individually.

Mother and daughter with cel phones

Adolescent Vaccination Messaging for Practice Hold Lines
These messages can be heard by parents who call the office and are placed on hold. This turns their wait-time into a time where they can be educated about adolescent vaccination and HPV vaccine.

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

  • Common Questions about 9-Valent HPV Vaccine (5:20 mins)
    In this video commentary from the CDC, Dr. Lauri Markowitz explains the HPV vaccination recommendations of the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices and addresses some of the common questions about 9-valent HPV vaccine. Medscape: CDC Expert Commentary. June 2015
  • preteen vaxscene image #PreteenVaxScene Webinar Series: This recorded webinar series features important updates and resources on a variety of topics related to increasing uptake of the vaccines routinely recommended for preteens and teens.
    • #PreteenVaxScene Webinar #5 Research Update: AFIX Program Strategies for Improving HPV Vaccination Rates in the Field (57 minutes)
      Dr. Melissa Gilkey, Assistant Professor of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School & Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, discusses the tools and strategies that were used by the participating AFIX programs for improving HPV vaccination rates in the field. Chrystal Averette of the Washington Department of Health shares how, as part of this project, Washington State is implementing specific AFIX strategies in order to increase HPV vaccination rates. May 2016
    • #PreteenVaxScene Webinar #4 HPV Vaccination Quality Improvement Projects and Implementation Science Working Together, For The Win! (61 minutes)
      Dr. Brian Mittman from the Department of Veteran Affairs provides a brief introduction about Implementation Science theory and principles. Dr. Alix Casler MD, FAAP, summarizes her experience leading an HPV vaccine-focused quality improvement project in one of the largest multi-specialty healthcare groups in Florida. Ms. Kia Redwine, Clinical Management Consultant, describes interventions and lessons learned from a collaborative quality improvement project between WellStar Health System Medical Group and the Georgia Department of Public Health. September 2015
    • PreteenVaxScene Webinar #3 ACIP Meeting Update/Summer HPV Vaccinations (50 minutes)
      CDC’s Dr. Cindy Weinbaum provides a summary of the adolescent immunization-related highlights from the June 24-25th ACIP meeting. Ian Branam discusses plans and activities for National Immunization Awareness Month. And lastly, Jill Roark shares some ideas to help parents and clinicians take advantage of early summer break to beat the Back to School Rush. June 2015
    • PreteenVaxScene Webinar #2 CDC’s Clinician Engagement Initiative (58 minutes)
      CDC’s Jill Roark introduces the key pillars of the HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention clinician engagement effort and shares information about available resources. Dr. Rebecca Perkins and Dr. Sharon Humiston highlight the importance of HPV vaccination and provide tips for successful recommendations to increase acceptance and uptake. April 2015
    • PreteenVaxScene Webinar #1 HPV Vaccine Recommendation Update (57 minutes)
      CDC’s Dr. Lauri Markowitz provides an update on HPV vaccine recommendations and a review of the HPV vaccine session that took place at the February 2015 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Secondly, CDC’s Dr. Tom Shimabukuro provides an update on 9-valent HPV vaccine safety. April 2015
  • You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention Continuing Education Training Self-Study Guide accredited by the Post-graduate Institute of Medicine
    Physicians: maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    Nurses: 1.4 contact hours
    Pharmacists: 1.4 contact hours (0.14 CEUs) (Universal Activity Number - 0809-9999-15-289-H01-P)
    The credit is available until Dec. 31, 2016.

    The self-study guide contains the same information as the 90-minute "You Are The Key" HPV PowerPoint presentation. It will describe the burden of HPV disease, define the importance of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention at 11 or 12, and provide the recommendations for HPV vaccine for girls and for boys. This self-study guide will also provide useful and compelling information about HPV vaccine to parents to aid in making the decision to vaccinate.
  • Communicating Safety and Efficacy of HPV Vaccine to Parents and Preadolescents CME/CE
    Physicians: maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    Nurses: 1.00 ANCC Contact Hour(s) (1 contact hours are in the area of pharmacology)
    Pharmacists: 1.00 Knowledge-based ACPE (0.100 CEUs)
    This Medscape case is modeled on the interactive grand rounds approach. This continuing education activity educates providers on communication techniques for recommending and discussing HPV vaccination with preteen patients and their parents. November 2014
  • 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
  • Do your part for Vaccine Safety, Report to VAERS: Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. 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
  • CDC Commentary: Pneumococcal Vaccination: Applying the ACIP Algorithms

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