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HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention

Author: Jacquelyn Langdon/Friday, May 19, 2017/Categories: Health

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The Niagara County Department of Health, in collaboration with healthcare providers and community leaders, have been working together to increase human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates across the county. HPV is a very common virus, affecting about one in four people. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 11 to 12 year olds get two doses of HPV vaccine to protect against cancers caused by HPV.

The Niagara County Coalition for HPV Vaccination was established with a mission of reducing the burden of cancer and disease caused by HPV. The coalition selected area providers to participate in a contest that aims to prevent cancer and increase HPV immunization rates among children age 11-12. The contest began April 1, 2017 and will run through January 1, 2018. Bi-monthly prizes will be drawn for those who begin the vaccination series, in addition to a grand prize for a Kindle Fire tablet which will be drawn for one child who has completed the series. The Niagara County Department of Health would like to recognize and thank the following providers for participating in the contest:

  • Lockport Pediatrics
  • Mount Saint Mary's Neighborhood Health Center
  • Summit Pediatrics (all 3 locations)
  • Wheatfield Pediatrics

As part of the initiative, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) recently provided funding for the Niagara County Public Health Educator, Stacy Knott, to attend a national conference to present model practices led by the Niagara County Coalition for HPV Vaccination. Conference attendees discussed methods to raise completion rates, prevent cancer and ultimately save lives.

If you would like more information about the vaccine, including its safety and efficacy, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/hpv/parents/questions-answers.html.

If you have additional questions or concerns regarding the HPV vaccine, please call the Nursing Division, Beverly Lawler, Public Health Nurse, at (716) 278-1905.

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