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Communication Tools Boost HPV Vaccination Rates

Vaccine; ePub 2017 Nov 20; Cates, et al

A statewide set of communication tools can help medical practices increase the number of girls who receive the HPV vaccine, according a recent study that compared vaccine uptake in practices that did and did not use the tools.

  • During 3 9-month periods that measured baseline, intervention, and post-intervention vaccinations, researchers compared vaccine initiation and completion rates.
  • The practices that took advantage of the communication program in North Carolina used tools that included brochures, posters, online training for clinicians and resources for parents, as well as video games for preteens, all of which had the goal of promoting HPV vaccination.
  • Completion of the vaccine series was 17% better in practices that used the communication tools, after researchers took into account baseline differences between the experimental and control groups.

Citation:

Cates JR, Crandell JL, Diehl SJ, Coyne-Beasley T. Immunization effects of a communication intervention to promote preteen HPV vaccination in primary care practices. [Published online ahead of print November 20, 2017]. Vaccine. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.11.025.

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