|Awarded On||November 19, 2014|
|Title||A multi-pronged approach to increase HPV vaccination rates among adolescents 9-17 years of age from Galveston and Brazoria Counties|
|Award Mechanism||Evidence-Based Prevention Programs and Services|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Abbey Berenson|
|Cancer Sites||Cervix Uteri|
HPV vaccination is recommended for all adolescents 9–26 years of age. The efficacy is highest if given by age 12. However, some physicians may not discuss this vaccine with parents until the child is older because its protection against a sexually transmitted infection makes it an awkward topic. Moreover, many parents do not seek out this vaccine for their children, as they are not even aware that it is available. This lack of knowledge has led to suboptimal vaccination rates in many parts of the US.
In Galveston and Brazoria Counties, vaccination rates are extremely low, especially among low-income, minority families served by UTMB. In a recent survey conducted in UTMB clinics located...