HPV Vaccination Initiative


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Initiative to Improve HPV Vaccination Rates
and Reduce HPV-Related Cancers

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is cancer prevention. However, HPV vaccine is underutilized in the United States, despite the overwhelming evidence of its safety and effectiveness. We can do better!

The Immunization Initiative is dedicated to improving Massachusetts HPV vaccination rates in an effort to reduce HPV-related cancers. This webpage contains information and resources for providers to use to increase HPV vaccination rates.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Cynthia McReynolds, Program Manager, Immunization Initiative (cmcreynolds@mms.org; 781.895.9850).

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In the News

Provider Resources

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Handouts for Patients and Parents


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Professional Education for Providers


The 5th Annual HPV/Cervical Cancer and HPV-Related Cancers Summit  was held on Friday, December 1, 2017, at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA. Click here for more information.


The MCAAP Immunization Initiative Series includes and has included HPV-related webinars, Scroll down to see a list of upcoming webinars and webinars held to date. (Please note that continuing education credits are not available for listening to the webinar online.)

2017 HPV Webinars

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
You Are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention: Strategies for Raising HPV Vaccination Rates
-Communicating about HPV vaccination: Lessons learned from physicians and parents
Melissa Gilkey, PhD, Assistant Professor of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute
-Increasing HPV Vaccine Coverage through AFIX Utilization
Kathleen Shattuck, MPH or Sarah Sweet, MPH, MDPH Immunization Program

Learner Objectives
As a result of participating in this activity, learners should be able to:

  • Discuss physicians’ perceptions and communication practices related to recommending adolescent vaccines for patients, ages 11-12.
  • Review parents’ perceptions about the HPV vaccination.
  • Describe ways in which AFIX utilization can help practices to increase HPV vaccine coverage.

Click here to register for the webinar on March 9, 2017.

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
2017 HPV Vaccination Update
-Review of ACIP Recommendation Regarding 2-Dose HPV Schedule and MA HPV Vaccination Uptake
Susan Lett, MD, MPH, Medical Director, MDPH Immunization Program
Dr. Lett’s presentation
-HPV Resource Review
Rebecca Vanucci, Immunization Outreach Coordinator, MDPH Immunization Program
Ms. Vanucci’s presentation

Webinar recording and slides (Please note that CME/CEU credit is not available for listening to the webinar recording.)

2014 – 2016 HPV Webinars – visit Immunization CME Archives

Other Professional Education Activities

Medscape HPV and Cervical Cancer CME Learning Center

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Additional Resources

AAP Policy Statement, HPV Vaccine Recommendations; Pediatrics, Vol. 129, No. 3, March 2012; pp 602-605 (doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-3865)

CDC Vaccine Information Statements (VIS),

Human Papillomavirus Vaccine VIS – CDC (12/2/16)
HPV Vaccine – Gardasil – CDC (5/17/13)

2016 Immunization Schedules

Ask The Experts, Human Papillomavirus, IAC (CDC experts answer challenging and timely questions about HPV and HPV vaccine).

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