Healthcare providers can play a big role in helping people in rural communities recognize the importance of HPV vaccination. Heather Brandt, PhD, director of the HPV Cancer Prevention Program, discusses a recent panel discussion with rural residents about their attitudes and concerns about vaccinating.
Wide Open Spaces: Supporting HPV Vaccination in Rural Communities: Caryn Peterson, PhD, of the University of Illinois Chicago discusses the importance increasing the uptake of the HPV vaccine in rural areas where the instances of cancers related to HPV are high and the rate of vaccination is low.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common virus in both men and women that causes six types of cancer. Nearly all men and women get the virus at some point in their lives. There is good news. A safe and effective vaccine that provides long-lasting protection against HPV cancers is available.
HPV vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 9 to 26 years and for some people aged 27 to 45 years. HPV vaccination is cancer prevention. However, uptake of HPV vaccination in the United States has been slow and lower than the national Healthy People 2030 goal of 80%.
The HPV Vaccination Roundtable of the Southeast is a group of people and partners from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Puerto Rico working together to change the story about HPV vaccination in their states.
Identify opportunities and priorities for increasing HPV vaccination.
Implement and evaluate evidence-based healthcare, community, and policy and advocacy activities to increase HPV vaccination.
Engage partners and strengthens partnerships with local, regional and national groups.
Get vaccinated against HPV: If you or your child is in the recommended age range, get vaccinated.
Encourage others to get vaccinated: Normalize HPV vaccination as cancer prevention.
Share the facts: HPV vaccination is safe, effective, and durable. It prevents six types of cancer.