Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus affecting nearly 80 million people (including teens) in the U.S. The HPV vaccine helps protect against the most common strains of the virus, including those that cause cancer. Although the efficacy of the vaccine has been proven, the uptake of the vaccine is suboptimal among adolescents and young adults in the U.S. and in Utah. Although there have been great strides to improve HPV vaccination rates in Utah, there is still work to be done. UCAN supports partners who are working to improve vaccination rates in the state.
-Utah Department of Health: Provides education, including media, to the public and healthcare providers regarding the HPV vaccine and ways to increase HPV vaccination rates.
UCAN supports efforts made by all organizations working to increasing HPV vaccination rates in Utah
Who is addressing this strategy and how is UCAN partnering?
-Intermountain West HPV Vaccination Coalition: A group of immunization meets on a regular basis to discuss strategies to improve HPV vaccination rates. Members represent cancer control, pediatric, and primary care specialists as well as parents, and community members
-Utah Department of Health: The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program provides free vaccine to underserved populations.
-Utah Department of Health: Provides education to healthcare providers regarding the HPV vaccine and ways to increase HPV vaccination rates.