ALBANY — With at least 40% of adolescents in New York not vaccinated against HPV, the New York State HPV Coalition, the NYS Department of Health and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are united in their commitment to eliminating preventable HPV-related cancers in New York through increased vaccination.

To incentivize this, the Coalition has developed an awards program to recognize health systems across the region that have excelled in increasing HPV vaccination rates among youth. The award winners and the Award criteria have been posted to the Coalition website at http://www.nyshpv.org/nys-hpv-vaccination-honor-roll/.

The HPV High Honor Roll Award has been presented to those who achieve HPV vaccination completion rates of 90% or more among their patients that have turned 13. Those with completion rates between 80% to 89% have received the HPV Honor Roll Award. Data used to determine the awards are based upon immunization registries which are managed by the State and New York City health departments.

“Pediatric and family care practices with the highest HPV vaccination rates in the state deserve to be recognized for their stellar work to prevent HPV infection and save lives from cancer,” says Michael Seserman of the American Cancer Society and Co-Chair of the NYS HPV Coalition.

Two practices from each region of the state will also be eligible to become HPV Honor Roll Honorees.

Regional awards focus on practices with the most improved HPV vaccination rates over the past year.

“There is significant variability in HPV vaccination rates across the state. We wanted practices in all regions of the state to have the opportunity to be recognized for their hard work to get more kids vaccinated against HPV,” says Manika Suryadevara, MD of SUNY Upstate Medical University and Co-Chair of the Coalition’s Provider Education Committee.

About 14 million people, including teens, become infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV) each year. An estimated 80 percent of people will get HPV during their lives.

While most HPV infections go away on their own without lasting health problems, there is no way to know if an infection will lead to cancer. HPV infection is known to cause six different types of cancer: cervical, vaginal, vulvar, anal, penile and throat cancers.

According to the American Cancer Society, this 2-shot vaccine series is usually given to boys and girls at ages 11 and 12 and has the potential to help prevent more than 34,000 cases of HPV cancers in men and women each year.

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