Cancer Prevention Vaccines

You have the power to prevent some cancers in your children. There are two cancer-prevention vaccines available for boys and girls; Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and Hepatitis B vaccine. See Alabama HPV Cancer Rates for more information.

HPV Facts Ad 2018HPV Vaccine

Watch the following webinars for more information on the HPV Vaccine:

CDC released the 2015 National Immunization Survey (NIS) for Teens. Alabama girls' completion rate of 3 HPV doses went up to 41% from 35% for HPV vaccine, while Alabama boys' completion rate went to 23% from 9%.

See your county's ImmPRINT HPV coverage rate.

See the entire CDC 2015 National Immunization Survey (NIS) for Teens.

Survivor Stories

A Survivor Story by Christina Baze - Aug 31, 2016. Every parent and provider must hear!

Why You Should Get Screened

CDC's Physician and Staff Resources

AAP and AAFP's Lessons Learned

  • HPV Continuous Quality Improvement Project
  • Educating all staff and providers about HPV is important.
  • Practices learned multiple ways to deliver a strong message.
  • Acute visit HPV vaccination increased rates without increasing visit time for most practices.
  • Selecting effective reminder/recall methods is practice specific.
  • Some parents remain reluctant to vaccinate.
  • Quality Improvement is not hard once started and efforts improve other care areas.
  • Practices plan to utilize ADPH AFIX reports to sustain gains.

UAB's Conclusions

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Evaluation of Pediatricians Attitudes and Barriers to HPV Vaccination
  • Most common system barriers are infrequency of routine adolescent visits, lack of HPV required for school attendance, and patients not completing the series.
  • Most common patient barriers are belief in link between sex and vaccine, and vaccine safety.
  • Best messaging strategy was focus on cancer prevention.
  • Strategies to increase vaccine rates include provider and clinic staff education, and recall/reminder systems.
  • Need to develop multi-level interventions to increase rates.
  • Physician recommendations are the most influential factor for parents to decide to allow vaccine to be administered.

Alabama HPV VFC and Non-VFC Vaccine Doses Distributed By Year and Month

Each dose distributed represents a possible cancer prevented. AL should be administering 180,000 doses per year (~60,000 11 years of age children x 3 doses). View the table.

Here is CDC's HPV Vaccination Report: Alabama, working Together to Reach National Goals for HPV Vaccination.

To receive HPV vaccine to prevent HPV cancers, contact a HPV vaccine healthcare provider or the county health department.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

  • Hepatitis B is a serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver.
  • The virus can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death.
  • Risk for chronic infection is related to age at infection: approximately 90% of infected infants become chronically infected, compared with 2%–6% of adults.
  • Chronic Hepatitis B can lead to serious health issues, like cirrhosis or liver cancer.
  • Vaccination gives long-term protection from hepatitis B infection, possibly lifelong.

To prevent Hepatitis B liver cancers, contact your healthcare provider or the county health department.

Don't delay, call today.

Page last updated: November 29, 2018