HPV: Don’t Wait. Vaccinate!


Increasing First Dose HPV Vaccine for Teens

A Part 4 Quality Improvement (QI) MOC Project

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HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

HPV is a very common and widespread virus, consisting of more than 150 related viruses. Nearly everyone will be infected in their lifetime. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 90% of sexually active men and 80% of sexually active women will be infected with at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives. Around one-half of these infections a​re with a high-risk HPV type.1

  • High-risk HPVs can cause cancer. About a dozen high-risk HPV types have been identified.
  • Low-risk HPVs do not cause cancer but can cause skin warts on or around the genitals, anus, mouth, or throat. 

Most high-risk HPV infections occur without any symptoms, go away within 1 to 2 years, and do not cause cancer. Some HPV infections, however, can persist for many years. Persistent infections with high-risk HPV types can lead to cell changes that, if untreated, may progress to cancer.2

For more information about Human Papillomavirus, visit: Human Papillomavirus​
Getting Vaccinated

The HPV vaccine can prevent infection with the HPV types that most commonly cause HPV related cancers.

he CDC recommends the HPV vaccine be given to 11- to 12-year-old boys and girls so they are protected before ever being exposed to the virus. Research has shown that preteens have a better immune response to the vaccine than those in their late teens and early 20s.3 Vaccination recommendations include:

  • The CDC recommends that 11- to 14-year-olds receive only two doses of HPV vaccine at least six months apart rather than the previouslyHPV print ad_boy.png​ recommended three doses
  • Teens and young adults who start the series later, at ages 15 and older, will continue to need three doses of HPV vaccine to protect against cancer-causing HPV infection.4  
  • In June 2019, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended catch-up HPV vaccination for all persons through age 26.5 
  • ACIP did not recommend catch-up vaccination for all adults aged 27 through 45 years, but recognized that some persons who are not adequately vaccinated might be at risk for new HPV infection and might benefit from vaccination in this age range; therefore, ACIP recommended shared clinical decision-making regarding potential HPV vaccination for these persons.6

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