Private Practice Toolkit
HPV vaccination rates among young adults 19-26 years remain around 17%. In an attempt to increase this rate among Iowa’s private practices this toolkit was created. Here you will find resources and information about young adult vaccination, the HPV vaccines available, and web resources. This toolkit is divided into two sections, The first is a short document highlighting what resources can be accessed in the toolkit. The second document includes Young Adult Vaccination Resources, HPV Vaccine Resources, Assistance Program Materials, and More Information.
Young Adult Vaccination Resources
Many young adults have not been vaccinated against HPV for various reasons:
• The HPV vaccines have only been available for a few years so this vaccine was not included in their routine vaccinations when these young adults were in school.
• Many parents are not comfortable vaccinating their teenagers with this vaccine, but as the teens age they may be interested in receiving the vaccine as a young adult.
• Prior to Health Care Reform their insurance plans did not cover the HPV vaccine. Now young adults are covered under their parents insurance until the age of 26 and those plans that have not been grandfathered in are required to cover preventive services, including the HPV vaccine, without a copay from the patient.
If you have a young adult that has not been vaccinated yet start the conversation and help educate your adult patients on the risks they’re taking by not being vaccinated as a young adult, as well as the benefits they will gain if they choose to get vaccinated. Young adults can still benefit from the HPV vaccine even if they are already sexually active as they may not have been exposed to HPV or the HPV strains that are covered in the vaccine.
These resources can give you facts to highlight and use to get conversations started with your adult patients about being vaccinated.
HPV Vaccine Resources
Keep resources about the HPV vaccine that your clinic carries on hand to give patients who are considering receiving the HPV vaccine.
Patient Assistance Program Materials
The HPV vaccine is a relatively expensive vaccine. While most insurance companies now cover the HPV vaccine, not everyone has insurance. For low income patients who are uninsured or underinsured there are assistance programs available through Merck & Co., Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline. You must get approval prior to administering the injection; while it should only take around 10 minutes for the approval to go through it may be beneficial to have paperwork ready and available for qualifying patients. These programs can be difficult to enroll in as they are replacement programs, meaning you must have the vaccine available for patients and the company will replace the vaccine you use on a qualifying patient either monthly or quarterly.
Here you will find templates to help get your clinic enrolled in and manage both companies’ assistance programs