Today CDC released the 2016 National Immunization Survey-Teen report, which provides the latest estimates of adolescent vaccination rates in the United States. The report showed that six out of 10 parents are choosing to get the first dose of HPV vaccine for their child. The gap in HPV vaccination rates between boys and girls continues to narrow. In 2016, 65 percent of girls received the first dose of HPV vaccine. In 2016, 56 percent of boys received the first dose of HPV vaccine.
Although most children are getting their first dose of HPV vaccine, many children are not completing the vaccination series. HPV vaccination gives us a powerful tool to prevent HPV cancers, and our partners have played a critical role in protecting our nation’s youth from cancers caused by HPV. In coordination with the release, we have compiled a list of six things you can do to help improve HPV vaccination rates:
- Use key points to prepare for media interviews, update materials, and develop new materials.
- Highlight graphics on your social media platforms, on your website, and in presentations.
- Use sample social media messages to raise awareness about the report and the importance of HPV vaccination.
- Share the MMWR with your clinician colleagues.
- Share resources to educate parents about the importance of HPV vaccination
- Share resources to support clinicians in improving HPV vaccination rates in their practice
We have attached a packet of materials to assist you in your efforts, which include:
- Key Points
- Press Release
o HPV Vaccination Coverage Maps
o HPV Vaccination Coverage Graphs
- Sample Social Media Messages
Thank you for all the work you do.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (#NIAM17) and the California Coalition partners with individuals and organizations around the country to maximize our collective voices in support of vaccines and immunization. This first week is focused on keeping babies and young children healthy by ensuring on-time vaccinations.
Our immunization programs represent one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. The purpose of #NIAM17 is to celebrate the benefits of vaccination and highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. The California Immunization Coalition will be focusing on the following themes of protecting our families and our entire community across the lifespan.
July/August – Back to School:
Ready for school? Make sure those vaccine records are up to date!
July 31-August 6 – Babies and Young Children
A Healthy Start Begins with On time vaccinations.
August 7-13 Pregnant Women
Protect Yourself and Pass Protection On To Your Baby
August 14-20 – Adults
Vaccines Are Not Just For Kids
August 21-27 – Preteens/Teens
Ensure a Health Future With Vaccines
You can download the #NIAM17 media toolkit at the National Public Health Information Coalition website. Check back on our CIC websites, our Twitter pages (@ImmunizeCA and @VICNetwork) and associated Facebook pages for more ideas to help promote immunizations in August and throughout the year.
Great News For California Seventh Graders
The 7th Grade Report and school line lists for the 2016-2017 school year are now posted at ShotsForSchool – 7th Grade Data. Compared to the 2015-2016 school year, the proportion of students attending 7th grade in 2016-2017 reported to have received the Tdap booster immunization rose from 97.8% to 98.4%, a 0.6% percentage point increase over one year and a 1.8 percentage point increase over the three years since 2013-2014. The 2016-2017 rate of 98.4% is the highest reported Tdap booster requirement for 7th grade, which began in the 2011-2012 school year.
Congratulations to our school nurses, health staff at public and private schools, and our public health departments for gathering and reporting data.
Shots for School Website is the Go-To Resource for School Nurses and Healthcare Providers
The California Immunization Coalition is committed to making sure that parents, educators and health care professionals have the information they need to answer their own questions, or distribute to their patients or students. New rules for school and childcare required immunizations will go into effect in 2016. While most families will not be affected by these rules, we want to make sure you have resources to understand the school immunization laws and suggest you visit sites such as the California Department of Public Health Immunization Branch, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Immunization Action Coalition to learn about the vaccines that help protect you and your family from vaccine preventable diseases.