You can prevent cancer. That’s a heady feeling, isn’t it?
Data show that your recommendation as a healthcare provider is the single best predictor of whether a parent will decide to vaccinate their child against HPV. Wield your power often, and responsibly. HPV vaccine, which should be administered to both adolescent boys and girls, can prevent cervical, anal, oropharyngeal, vaginal, vulvar, and penile cancers caused by the HPV virus.
Resource: Visit Immunize Nevada online to download their HPV Free NV Toolkit which includes coding information, tips and time-savers for talking with patients and parents about HPV vaccine, details about the 9-valent HPV vaccine, and more.
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Since routine hepatitis B vaccination was recommended for children beginning in 1991 the rate of new HBV infections has declined dramatically. HBV can lead to liver cancer, which is increasing in incidence nationally and in Nevada. There are a number of persons that should be vaccinated against hepatitis B.
Resource: CDC Hepatitis B Fact Sheet has details on who should be vaccinated.
The seasonal flu shot and the pneumococcal shot are vital for those living with cancer, as well as for people who care for or live with cancer patients. Living with cancer increases the risk for complications from the flu, including hospitalization and death. Even people undergoing treatment for cancer should receive an annual flu shot.
Resource: CDC Cancer and Flu Fact Sheet