Pathway 1 – Cancer Prevention: Implementing Team-Based, Planned Visits to Improve Vaccination Rates for HPV in Young Women

Women Age 21-26 Years Old

Cervical cancer is unique in that almost all cancers can be prevented by immunization. In spite of this, Human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization rates are appallingly low with less than half of young women receiving the complete series. By taking a proactive approach and involving all members of the care team, it is possible to address the barriers to immunization within your practice and greatly improve immunization rates for your patients.


  • Implement standing orders for HPV vaccination
  • Use a team based approach at the time of visit to educate patients about the value of HPV vaccination
  • Query your medical record or use a vaccine registry to identify patients who are due for HPV vaccination, then contact the patient to encourage them to have the HPV vaccination.

Primary Guideline

Resources & Tools

American Academy of Pediatrics
American Cancer Society
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ohio Academy of Family Physicians
Ohio Department of Health

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