The Indiana Immunization Coalition (IIC) is urging pediatricians to participate in the HPV: Don’t Wait. Vaccinate! project. The goal of the program is to increase the first-dose HPV vaccine rate for eligible females and males ages 11 to 21 by 25 percent during a six-month period.
Currently, Indiana ranks 40th in the nation for first-time vaccine coverage. According to the IIC, less than half of eligible females in Indiana receive their first dose of HPV vaccine.
Participants in the project will need to:
- See at least 10 females per month who are eligible for the HPV vaccine
- Submit monthly data indicating the number of patients in the targeted age group who visited the office that month
- Provide the number of patients who received an HPV vaccine
There is no cost to participate in the project, and the IIC will provide you with an HPV resource toolkit with information about:
- HPV-related cancers and disease
- HPV prevalence
- Vaccine safety and efficacy
- Strategies for recommending and talking with families about the vaccine
The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has designated participation as a Part 4 Quality Improvement Project toward the Maintenance of Certification.
For more information or to participate, email Lori Lovett or go to the project website.