Sixty-nine of the top cancer centers in the United States have joined to emphasize the importance of human papillomavirus vaccination for the prevention of cancer. Despite the availability of three HPV vaccines, vaccination rates lag far behind those of other routine adolescent vaccines.
150-hospital system well short of 90% rate by 2020
January 5, 2016
With a new study finding that virtually none of the nation’s 150 Veterans Health Administration hospitals have mandatory flu shot policies for healthcare workers — leaving vaccination rates languishing in the 55% range — the VA system is considering a vaccine mandate to protect patients and coworkers, Hospital Employee Health has learned.
Healthcare professionals need to be familiar with all of the indications for the human papillomavirus vaccine, make strong recommendations for receiving vaccine at ages 11 or 12, and be aware of systems that can improve practice vaccination rates.