The Children's Clinic of Klamath is part of the RAVE (Rural Adolescent Vaccine Enterprise) study through OHSU. We are doing a collaboration with the Klamath County Health Department that will run Feb-July, and will be running a bus ad using the "Take a Shot at Cancer" platform. The goal is to raise awareness of the HPV vaccination, and to improve local adolescent immunization rates. Despite how safe and effective the vaccine is, in 2019 only 33% of adolescents in Oregon completed the HPV vaccine series by the time they were 13.
Reasons children should get the HPV Vaccine:
- 80% of people will get an HPV infection in their lifetime
- Infections with HPV types have dropped 71% among teen girls
- 31,200 cases of cancer could be prevented with HPV vaccination each year
- HPV infections can cause six types of cancer, five of which may not be detected until they cause health problems
- Your child can get protection from HPV cancers during the same visit they are protected against other serious diseases.
- HPV vaccination provides safe, effective, and long-lasting protection.
When to get it:
The HPV vaccination doses work best when they are administered to the child at the age of 11 or 12, and should be completed by the time they are 13. Cancer prevention decreases with a delayed vaccination, and it may take additional doses if your child is over the age of 15.