Strategies for Recommending HPV Vaccination for Pre-teen Youth

Originally presented on June 21, 2018

Speaker:
Kristin Oliver, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Environmental Medicine & Public Health
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai

To prevent cervical cancer and other cancers associated with human papilloma virus (HPV) infection, the standard of care is to give HPV vaccine to children at age 11 or 12 years. However, uptake of HPV vaccine in New York State is sub-optimal, and providers express challenges in communicating about HPV vaccine to youth and their parents. A variety of factors contributes to hesitancy among parents to vaccinate their children. Evidence shows that providing a strong recommendation for the HPV vaccine increases its uptake. Effectively addressing the specific factors that contribute to this hesitancy and hinder clear communication of the latest information about vaccine efficacy and safety may help increase the acceptance of HPV vaccine among parents and their pre-adolescents. This webcast will consider the use of motivational interviewing and other communication strategies to help providers explore these factors with their clients and will offer concrete strategies providers can use in communicating about HPV vaccination. 

After viewing the webcast participants will be able to:

  • Describe at least two reasons why HPV vaccination rates are sub-optimal;
  • Identify communication approaches that elicit and address concerns about the HPV vaccine; and
  • Name at least two strategies to increase HPV vaccine uptake among hesitant youth and parents.

Target Audience: Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other medical providers who counsel adolescents/pre-adolescents and their parents about vaccinations.


Dr. Manika Suryadevara has disclosed that she has research (unrelated to this topic) supported by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

All other planners, moderator, and presenters have disclosed no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.


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