Welcome to April 2023 Training Tips!
Welcome to the April Training Tips blog post.
We’re back with a few Training Tips from the Training and Development department! This month, you’ll get reminders about HPV vaccines, Labs, and Eligibility reminders.
- Do not forget to spread the word about the importance of getting the HPV vaccination!
What is HPV?
- HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is the most common STD in the US. About 14 million people become infected with HPV each year. Some types of HPV are associated with certain cancers, and some can cause genital warts. It’s estimated that 90% or more of Anal and Cervical Cancers, 70% of Vaginal and Vulvar cancers, and 60% of penile cancers are caused by the HPV virus. It is also associated with some oral cancers as well. So yes, this means even males are affected by this STD.
Can HPV be treated?
- There are treatments available for the complications and symptoms caused by HPV, but there is no cure for the HPV infection.
Who should get the HPV vaccine and when?
- Routine vaccination with the HPV vaccine is recommended for all 11-12-year-old males and Females. The vaccine can be given as early as 9 years old and can be given up to age 45 if desired but is generally recommended for up to age 26.
Why should someone get the HPV vaccine before they are sexually active?
- The HPV vaccine produces better immunity the younger it is administered. It is important to receive the vaccine before becoming sexually active so there is more immunity to protect against infection when/if exposed.
Why do some people get 2 injections of the HPV vaccine, and some get 3?
- If the vaccine is first administered at ages 9-14, the vaccine has been proven to give more immunity. If the first dose is given after age 15, there are 3 doses required to improve the immunity the vaccine obtains.
- Remember to check your outstanding labs DAILY!
Tip #1) Eligibility presumptions are only permitted once a year.
- Keep in mind eligibility scheduling!
Tip #2) What is a new patient?
- A person is considered a new patient if they have never received care at a HealthPoint clinic OR they have not been seen at HealthPoint in 3 years.
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