HPV Vaccination in Texas: What Pediatricians Should Know

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could prevent up to 90 percent of cervical cancer cases plus a range of other cancers, including many for which there is no routine screening. Texas pediatricians play a significant role in educating patients and their parents about why it is important to be vaccinated as recommended. This podcast provides an overview of current research and offers practical guidance about how to promote routine HPV vaccination in your practice.

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HPV Vaccination in Texas: What Pediatricians Should Know

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Dr. John Hellerstedt, Commissioner
Texas Department of State Health Services

Dr. Hellerstedt has served as DSHS commissioner since January 2016 and is a leading spokesman for public health issues in the state. Dr. Hellerstedt is a long-time Texas pediatrician who has been chief medical officer at the Seton Family of Hospitals and vice president of medical affairs at Dell Children’s Medical Center, both in Austin. He previously served the state as medical director for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Recommended Course

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Effectively communicate vaccine information to patients and families, apply the national immunization and catch-up schedules, and identify vaccine contraindications and precautions. Includes current ACIP guidelines.



Recommended Quick Course

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Get valuable tips on educating your patients and their families about the importance of HPV vaccination and encouraging compliance with the recommended immunization schedule.



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents Aged 18 Years or Younger


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