Increase HPV Vaccination Rates to Prevent Cancer
Legislators and Health Care Providers Must Act Now
A Society of Behavioral Medicine Call to Action
Sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) infections can cause cervical, vulvar, vaginal, penile, oral, and anal cancers. 14 million new HPV infections occur annually in the United States, in men and women.
The vaccine is safe and effective, but vaccination rates are low. Fewer than 40% of eligible females and 22% of eligible males are fully vaccinated.
3 doses, over 6 months
Recommended for 11- and 12-year-olds
Allowed for women up to age 26 and men up to age 21
VACCINATION SAVES LIVES AND DOLLARS
If more Americans were vaccinated, 26,000 new cancer cases could be prevented every year. The $8 billion spent annually on treating HPV-related diseases could be saved.
• advocate for insurance, including Medicaid, to cover HPV vaccinations. • advocate for health care payers to adequately reimburse health care providers who make the vaccine available. • fund the development of school curricula on HPV vaccination.
• treat HPV vaccination as a routine vaccination. • use culturally appropriate communication strategies to educate patients and parents about the importance, effectiveness, and safety of HPV vaccination. • strengthen the use of electronic medical records to identify eligible patients.
Health care providers must: