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2016 Adolescent Vaccination Coverage Data Released 

Results from the National Immunization Survey 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published National, Regional, State, and Selected Local Area Vaccination

Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13-17 Years-United States, 2016 in MMWR.

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors Endorses Promotion of the HPV Vaccine to Reduce the Risk of HPV-Related Oropharyngeal Cancers

On July 10, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD), a national nonprofit organization that represents the directors and staff of state public health agency programs for oral health, published a white paper on human papillomavirus and oropharyngeal cancer in which they endorsed promotion of the HPV vaccine to reduce the risk of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer. ASTDD emphasized that:

“State oral health programs (SOHPs) can play a critical role in facilitating evidence-based state and community practice interventions and messaging campaigns aimed at effectively promoting the HPV vaccine. Through external and internal partners, SOHPs can help develop collaborative partnerships and referral networks that can empower an interprofessional workforce of dental and medical practitioners to promote use of the HPV vaccine for their patients and increase the rates of completion of the HPV vaccination series.”

In addition, ASTDD recommended incorporating HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer awareness strategies into oral health promotion efforts and healthcare professional academic curricula.

The ASTDD white paper is available to download at www.astdd.org; scroll to Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Oropharyngeal Cancer (July 2017).

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