NPWH Position Statement on Human Papillomavirus Vaccination
Repository Posting Date2017-10-02T20:45:47Z
Lead Author Sigma AffliationNon-member
Level of EvidenceN/A
KeywordsHuman Papilloma Virus; Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine; Cervical Cancer; Vaccinations; Position Statement
CINAHL HeadingsPapillomavirus Vaccine; Papillomavirus Infections--Prevention and Control; Papillomavirus Infections; Cervix Neoplasms--Prevention and Control; Cervix Neoplasms
The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health supports an intentional and concerted effort to improve human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates—with the goal of ending cancers caused by HPV. All nurse practitioners who provide healthcare for adolescents and young adults are crucial to the success of this effort, and are encouraged to take these steps in their clinical practices:
- Ask all patients aged 11-26 years if they are fully vaccinated against HPV.
- Strongly recommend HPV vaccination at that same visit when it is needed.
- Provide the vaccination in the office or provide directions to a location in the community where patients can get the vaccination.
- Use a reminder system to ensure that patients return to the office or community location to complete the vaccination series.