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CDC now offering CME course on HPV vaccination


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now offering a CME course to educate clinicians about the importance of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in protecting adolescents from certain types of cancer and to provide them with the skills and resources to make effective HPV vaccine recommendations.

The course is a Web-on-demand video that will teach clinicians how to be successful in making HPV vaccination recommendations, how to communicate HPV vaccination information to parents and patients, and how to properly answer parents’ questions. Currently, the CDC recommends the HPV vaccine for adolescents at 11- to 12-years-of-age. The CDC hopes this will reduce missed opportunities to protect patients against HPV.

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Speakers in the video include Alix Casler, MD, of the Orlando Family Physician Association; Linda Fu, MD, MS, of Children’s National Health System in Washington; Todd Wolynn, MD, president and CEO of Kids Plus Pediatrics, Pittsburgh; and Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, a pediatrician who is chief of digital innovation at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

The course was initiated in Jan. 16, 2018, and will continue until Jan. 16, 2020. Anyone who provides immunization to patients can participate.

The course is called “Routinely Recommending Cancer Prevention: HPV Vaccination at 11 and 12 as a Standard of Care.” Read more about the course on and download it from the CDC’s website.

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