Alabama Adolescent Vaccination Task Force

Alabama Adolescent Vaccine Task Force LogoThe purpose of the Alabama Adolescent Vaccination Task Force, or AAVTF, is to bring together organizations with a common goal in order to increase Alabama adolescent vaccination rates, with a specific focus on HPV Vaccination.

Member Organizations

The AAVTF features members from different organizations throughout the state.

Rotating Responsibilities Campaigns

January-Cervical Cancer by USA Mitchell Cancer Institute (teal and white ribbon)
April-Oral Cancer Awareness by ADPH Dental Health and Human Rights Watch (4/11 wear burgundy)
July-by Vax to Stop Cancer 
August-by Cancer Society
September-by Laura Crandell Foundation
October-by Blue Cross and Blue Shield
November-by University of Alabama at Birmingham

Educational Webinar Opportunities

Link to Cancer Prevention

Resources

Research

Infographics

Recommended Vaccines for Adolescents

Alabama State Policy

  • 2018 SJR 113 Alabama State Department of Education encourages all schools to participate in a school-based vaccination clinic.

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 method 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.
  • Physician recommendations are the most influential factor for parents to decide to allow vaccine to be administered.

Meeting Minutes


HPV Workshop Team Action Plan for Alabama

This document was created at an HPV Roundtable and is designed to support efforts to achieve increased Adolescent vaccination rates and HPV completion.

Provider Education Work Group

Data Work Group





Page last updated: March 17, 2020