Human papillomavirus (HPV) and its related cancers are now preventable through vaccination, yet West Virginia's vaccination rates remain low. In fact, in 2014, only 40% of females and 23.5% of males between the ages of 13 and 17 years of age in West Virginia were fully vaccinated against HPV. We can change this and protect our teens from a future of cancer... We Are the Key.

Please join us by taking the pledge and joining the campaign. The HPV Vaccination Pledge should be signed by a medical director or physician (if private practice) to show the clinic's/practice’s willingness to prioritize HPV vaccination in order to achieve 80% vaccination coverage. The full pledge is included below for your review. Those who sign the electronic pledge will receive a copy printed on certificate paper in the mail to display in their clinic. Pledge signers will also receive quarterly reports from the WV Statewide Immunization information System detailing the number HPV vaccines given by their clinic during that quarter in comparison to that same quarter of the previous year (baseline) so that the clinic can track its progress in improving HPV vaccination. Pledge signers will also be listed in the HPV Vaccination Honor Roll on the WIN website and will receive resources and materials to assist them in improving HPV vaccination coverage and can take part in HPV-related training opportunities.  

To get started, complete the information below and "sign" the pledge at the end.

Thank you for being the Key to Cancer Prevention in your community!

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We are the Key to Cancer Prevention
HPV Vaccination Pledge

Human papillomavirus (HPV) and its related cancers are a major public health problem. HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives.
  • HPV can cause cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and oropharynx.
  • National data reveal that West Virginia has the third highest incidence of these HPV-associated cancers combined for males and females.
  • HPV vaccines have been shown to be highly effective in protecting against the HPV types targeted by the vaccines, yet HPV vaccination rates remain low in West Virginia.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that increasing HPV vaccination rates from current levels to 80 percent would prevent an additional 53,000 future cervical cancer cases in the United States among girls who now are 12 years old or younger over the course of their lifetimes. Thousands of cases of other HPV-associated cancers in the U.S. also likely would be prevented within the same timeframe.
  • A growing proportion of these cancers—most notably, oropharyngeal cancers—will occur in males, if HPV vaccination rates for males continue to remain low.
HPV vaccination is cancer prevention!

Our shared goal is to achieve 80% full series (3 doses) HPV vaccination coverage for males and females 11 to 12 years of age.

We, _(Organization/Healthcare Facility)_, are cancer fighters and will protect our patients from a future of HPV-related cancers. To better protect them, we will routinely recommend HPV vaccination to patients at 11-12 years of age and to patients up to 26 who have not yet completed the HPV vaccination series. We will use reminders and other strategies to inform our patients when they are due for their second and third doses, so that they can complete the vaccination series and get the fullest protection now available.

What kinds of materials, resources, or training opportunities would assist you in improving HPV vaccination rates among your patients?

Pledge signers can receive quarterly reports from the WV Statewide Immunization Information System (WVSIIS) of the number of HPV vaccine provided by their clinic for each quarter in order to track their progress in improving HPV vaccination coverage among their patients. Please check the box below if you DO NOT want to receive these quarterly reports.

Pledge signers can also be recognized on the HPV Vaccination Honor Roll on the WV Immunization Network's website for their participation in this campaign. Please check the box below if you DO NOT want to be listed on the Honor Roll.

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