October 2018

You Are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention: Understanding the Burden of HPV Disease, the Importance of the HPV Vaccine Recommendation, and Communicating about HPV Vaccination

Education, Youth, and Families, Health and Well-Being

Co-provided by WithinReach and Cardea

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About this Independent Study

Expiration date: This activity was originally released on April 15, 2015 and is available for continuing education credit until June 11, 2022. Reviewed/updated January 21, 2020.

Low HPV vaccination rates in the U.S. are leaving boys and girls vulnerable to devastating HPV cancers. However, HPV vaccination could prevent most of these cancers. This course provides the most up-to-date information on HPV infection, related disease and cancers, vaccine recommendations, and vaccine safety and impact. Additionally, this course offers evidence-based suggestions for successful HPV vaccine communication with patients and their parents, frequently asked questions that providers hear from parents, and suggested responses to common questions.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses and other staff who work with children, adolescents and their parents in primary care settings.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Define the importance of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention
  • Explain the rationale for vaccinating at ages 11 or 12
  • List the indications for HPV vaccine for girls
  • List the indications for HPV vaccine for boys
  • Share strategies for providing useful and compelling information about HPV vaccine to parents to aid in their decision to vaccinate


Yolanda N. Evans, MD, MPH
Dr. Evans is a physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital and is faculty at the University of Washington. She completed her Adolescent Medicine fellowship through the UW Center for AIDS and STD Research with a focus on sexually transmitted infection prevention.

The slides were adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Dr. Ed Marcuse.

Registration & Fees

There is no fee to take this course or to receive a certificate of completion.

There is no charge for continuing education credit for physicians and nurses.

Continuing Education (CE)

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the California Medical Association (CMA) through the joint providership of Cardea and WithinReach. Cardea is accredited by the CMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Cardea designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)

Cardea Services is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this CE activity 1 contact hour will be awarded.

Successful completion of this continuing nursing education activity includes the following:

  • Completing the entire CE activity
  • Completing the online evaluation
  • Submitting an online CE Request


Funding is provided by the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Immunization and Child Profile.

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